Four Ridgerunners qualified for All-State tennis, but state rules dictate that only two may represent a team.
Of the four qualifiers, Mason Allen and Kenny Wright were selected to represent Grove. Both players represented the East and were instrumental in helping the East beat the West. The state champions played doubles and defeated two 6A schools, Deer Creek and Mustang.
Allen and Wright also played singles. Wright played against an athlete from Edmond North, but fell 8-6. Allen played an athlete from Deer Creek and fell 9-8.
"Mason was up big early but the fatigue of not being able to play for a few months because of the tendinitis in his knee looked to be the deciding factor," said Grove Head Coach Todd Kerr.
Wright won the prestigious 4A Player of the Year Award and will continue to play at Newman University in Kansas with Silas Rosiere.
Allen is attending Oklahoma State University on a music scholarship.
"Both are real talented young men that had great careers here at Grove with the other two seniors Braden Wadley and Silas Rosiere," said Kerr.
Wadley and Rosiere were the school's other two qualifiers for the All-State matches.
"It’s fun to have some of these home grown players come up from lessons and camps and be so successful. It was an honor coaching them. They have a runner up finish at state and two third place finishes," said Kerr.