Reagan Morris capped his prep tennis career on July 25 with an appearance at the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Morris didn't get the result he wanted in an 8-1 setback to Midwest City Carl Albert's Blake Vogt, but the experience was one he will always savor.
“It was a great honor for me because a lot of those guys had state rings and championships, so it was a great honor to compete with those guys on that level,” Morris said.
Grove Tennis Coach Todd Kerr agreed.
“It's a great honor to be an All-State selection,” Kerr said. “They look at your work as a whole and he had a nice four-year resume. We are going to miss him. He was a big reason for the success we had this year.”
Morris was a two-time state qualifier in singles for the Ridgerunners. He finished fourth this past season and was a third-place finisher as a junior.
“I couldn't have done it without Coach Kerr and my teammates,” he said. “They pushed me non-stop. Coach Kerr really put more in than any other coach I've ever had. He put in so much time with us and really wanted to see us succeed.”
Morris, who is the first All-State tennis selection for Grove since Levi Kerr in 2013, also teamed up with Tulsa Bishop Kelley's Jeremy Vaughn in the No. 4 doubles match where they dropped an 8-3 decision to Tanner Brown (Deer Creek) and Logan Orr (Oklahoma Bible Academy).
Morris and Braden Wadley were doubles teammates during Morris' last two years. They had third and fourth place finishes at the state tournament.
“Reagan was a doubles specialist,” Kerr said. “That's what he did for his four years so he had a tough go of the singles match but looked real good in doubles.”
Morris was also a member of the Grove football team as a wide receiver and defensive back. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.