Keel, McMullen earn WOISD another historic gold honor

     White Oak Tennis joins the rank of history makers at WOISD.
     Tyler Keel and Collin McMullen were the first boys ever in the history of White Oak tennis to win a UIL State Championship .
     Their ultimate dream this season was to win gold at the duo’s third and final appearance at the state tournament.
     In 2012 , Keel and McMullen took second place standing, so nothing but the state title would be good enough for them this trip.
     On April 30, they reached their high school career goal by capturing the UIL Class 2A Boys Doubles title at Texas A&M University’s Mitchell Tennis Center.
     The seniors completed their third consecutive trip to state with a commanding victory against Kountze’s Drew Anderson and Landry Linn, 6-1, 6-2.
     Keel and McMullen dominated the the three round bracket with wins against East Bernard’s Mac Gideon and Caleb Gideon in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-0, and Wall’s Rhett Jones and Will Adams in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-1.
     Keel and McMullen were joined at state by teammates Donald Griffin and Shelby Stillwell, who fell in the first round of the mixed doubles division 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, to Tulia’s Carlos Subealdea and Madison Hoelting — the eventual state champs.
     “I am so happy for these guys. No words can describe the emotions you have when that final point is scored and you get to watch your players celebrate that long awaited victory. All year Tyler and Collin told me they were going to win the state championship and obviously they meant it. From the moment they received that silver medal last year, they were determined to put in the time and effort it would take to achieve their goal of gold!  They had a dream, and they worked hard to make it happen,” said a very proud Coach Cloud.