McAlester’s boys high school tennis team took ninth place in the 5A state tennis tournament in Oklahoma City, and an individual on the team took third place in his divison at the tournament. Held at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, coach Chad Waller’s McAlester boys’ varsity tennis team had placed a total of six players in the state tournament, one each in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and two teams in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles competitions, respectively.

In the division results, junior Devon Leone took third place in the No. 2 singles category.

In his first-round matchup at the state tournament, Leone won in straight sets over Joe Barbioza of Harrah, and almost swept both sets at 6-1, 6-0. 

For the semi-finals, the McAlester player faced Caleb Gunsch from Bishop Kelley. Leone lost a close first set at 4-6, won the second set 6-1, but was defeated 6-2 in the deciding set between the two players.

Nate Hatfield of Duncan was Leone’s opponent fior the third place match, which the McAlester player dominated in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Gunsch went on to take first place in the division.

For the tournament, Leone won five of his seven matches, and as to games count, won 36 games to his collective opponents notching 17, for a little over a 2-1 wins-to-losses ratio.

Action for No. 1 Singles saw McAlester represented by MHS freshman Chance Sistrunk. He lost his first match in straight sets to Bishop Kelley’s Tyler Ollmershause, 6-0, 6-1. Sistrunk was eliminated next in a three-set match to Chickasha’s Christopher Cicslar. In the first set, the MHS freshman lost 4-6. Sistrunk won

the second at  6-3, but lost the deciding set, 3-6.

An Ada player would go on to win the No. 1 singles.

McAlester was represented in #1 Doubles by the team of Jeff Billos and Zach Dugan. In their first match, they sqaured off against the Guthrie doubles team of Porter and Wehrenberg. The Guthrie team took that match in straight sets with wins of 6-3 and 6-3.

Billos and Dugan were then elimated after losing their second set, to the Tulsa Edison team of Adelson and Frioux. The Eagles team took the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

A Carl Albert team won the No. 1 doubles.

Dakota Mercer and Alex Rosales represented McAlester in No. 2 doubles. They lost their first match to the Duncan duo of Bartlett and Jones in straight-set losses of 6-2, 6-1 to the Demons team. Mercer and Rosaes were eliminated as the Ardmore

team of Mosley and Simpson defeated them, again in straight sets, 16-4, 6-2. A Shawnee team went on to win the No. 2 doubles division.

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