|05/23/18 - |
Three Ada High School senior tennis players – Harrison Boggs, Lane Taylor and Lauryn Hawkins – have achieved All-State honors after capping off superb careers.
Boggs, playing at No. 1 Singles for the Cougars this season, registered a 19-7 record and went 3-1 at the Class 4A State Tournament in helping Ada to its 13th boys state championship and 22nd overall (with its girls).
Boggs battled an injury in January and played some at doubles in his recovery process,before settling in at the No. 1 Singles spot.
“Harrison had an amazing run from when he returned to singles all the way to the finals at state,” said Ada head coach Skip Griese.
Boggs, who has played for Griese since being a 6-year-old, competed at No. 2 Singles and finished fourth at state as a freshman. He then followed that up with a state title at No. 2 Singles as a sophomore. He then claimed fifth as a junior at No. 1 Singles in helping the Cougars to the 2017 state crown.
Taylor, who played No. 2 Doubles with three different partners the past three years, owned a sparkling 26-5 record in contributing to the Cougars’ run to another state title this spring.
Taylor reached the state finals the past three seasons, winning two of those, including this year’s championship with partner Ryan McCortney.
“Lane started playing as a seventh-grader and played junior high from seventh through the ninth grade,” Griese said.
On the girls side, Hawkins went 20-10 this past season while playing alongside her sister and fellow senior, Ally Hawkins. The pair reached the 5A State Tournament and posted a 1-2 record.
“Lauryn started playing in the sixth grade. She came out and worked hard,” said Griese.
Seven seniors were critical to the success of the Cougar and Lady Cougar tennis programs in recent years. Besides Boggs, Taylor and the Hawkins sisters, Ada counted on three other seniors — Meredyth Morris and Maggie Summers on the girls’ side and Ethan Clark on the boys.
“These two teams meshed together unlike any group I’ve had. They would eat lunch together and have a six-hour Christmas party together,” Griese said. “This group of seniors will be missed for their comraderie.”
Boggs and Taylor will play for the East boys team, while Hawkins is on the East girls roster.