The duo of Aaron Hartley and Caden Hopfer won their first two matches of the Class 5A state tennis championship in No. 1 doubles. Now, a tall hurdle awaits them in the semifinals.
Hartley and Hopfer, who took second place in the 5A Public School Championships in Duncan, will challenge private school powerhouse Heritage Hall.
In their first match, the duo took down Altus 6-1, 6-0 and followed up with a straight set victory over Carl Albert, 6-2, 7-6.
Earlier this month, Hartley signed to play college tennis at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Related article: Aaron Hartley signs to play college tennis in Kansas
Guthrie will take on Heritage Hall’s Tony Lai and Miller Zeiders at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Chargers were not challenged with wins over Claremore (6-2, 6-0) and Durant (6-0, 6-2).
The private school has won a state championship three years in a row and five of the last six years.
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Jacob Paniel and Trevor Welch were eliminated on day one, but head coach Mary Hudson says they competed hard in No. 2 doubles.
The 4-seed Carl Albert team of Chris Montgomery and Christian Taylor and the Duncan team of Eli Clark and Taylor Rains needed three sets each to win their matches.
The Titans scored a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 while the Demons finished 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 over the Jays.