BCCTA 10U Cheetahs
2019 JTT State Champions!

It was a tough day at the Junior Team Tennis State Championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center as temps climbed above 100 degrees on the court. Three teams; LaFortune Tennis Center, out of Tulsa, Quail Creek Country Club, and the BCCTA Cheetahs played a round robin format and all had outstanding teams.

The BCCTA Cheetahs played LaFortune in the first match of the day and the Cheetahs won at #1 and #2 Singles and at #1 and #2 Doubles.

After Quail Creek and LaFortune played their match there were only two games separating Quail Creek and the BCCTA Cheetahs. The atmosphere was electric as both teams came out full of confidence that their team was going to be the 2019 10U JTT State Champion. At the end of the match the Cheetahs won on all four courts once again and claimed the title! In addition to winning the team title, Braver Reineke, was chosen out of all of the boy competitors as the recipient for the “Sportsmanship Award.” Congratulations Braver!

This is the second consecutive JTT State Championship for the BCCTA Cheetahs, but what is so impressive is that only two players, Kadence Williams and Gray Dillon, played on last years Cheetahs team. With an all new line-up our kids came out and battled all season long. With the pressure of playing in such a big tournament our kids rose to the occasion and played their best tennis today. Congratulations to Kadence Williams, Grey Dillon, Braver Reineke, Hayden Shriner, Audrey Bohnstedt, Andrea and Ivan Mendoza, and Yuri Mendoza.  Congratulations also to our incredible coaches: Jessica Reineke, Brad Lund, and Rob Braver who were with both the Cheetahs and the 12U Barracudas throughout the day.

We want to thank all of the parents and friends from Britton Christian Church who came out to cheer on the kids today. Your support and encouragement mean so much to our players and coaches.

2019 Oklahoma Junior Team Tennis State Championships
June 15-16

After a successful regular season, followed by both teams winning the City Championship, the BCCTA 10U Cheetahs and the BCCTA 12U Barracudas will compete for the Oklahoma Junior Team Tennis State Championship next week, July 15-16, at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. The top two finishers from Tulsa and the top two finishers from Oklahoma City will play each other for the championship. The team with the total number of games won at the end of the competition will be crowned “Champion!”

USTA Oklahoma has just released the schedule of play. We want to make it available to all of you in hopes you will come out and cheer on our teams. All matches will be played at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

BCCTA Cheetahs 10U Orange Ball Schedule

Match #1 Monday, June 15 11:30 am   BCCTA Cheetahs vs. LaFortune Park

Match #2 Monday, June 15  2:30 pm    BCCTA Cheetahs vs. Quail Creek Country Club

BCCTA Barracudas 12U Green Ball Schedule

Match #1 Monday, June 15  9:30 am   BCCTA vs. LaFortune Park

Match #2 Monday, June 15  1:30 pm   BCCTA vs. Indian Springs Country Club

Match #3 Tuesday, June 16  10:45 am  BCCTA vs. Oak Tree Country Club

Awards ceremony will follow the conclusion of each age group’s final match.

The winner of the 12U Green Ball Championship will advance to the Missouri Valley Junior Team Tennis Championship to be held Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24th. You can learn more about the Junior Team Tennis Championship by visiting the website for Mo Valley JTT.

 

BCC Tennis Academy in the News!

Recently the National Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) called to say they would like to do a story on the BCC Tennis Academy. They’ve just posted the story on their website. You can read it by following the link: Christian Church Serves Love Through Tennis Academy

We want to thank Emily Martin for taking the time to write such a wonderful story about what’s happening at the BCC Tennis Academy.

The BCCTA 10U Cheetahs and 12U Barracudas will be competing in the Junior Team Tennis State Championships on July 15-16 at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. We would love to have you come out and support our kids.

The Sports Animal Spotlight
Craig Humphreys Talks About The BCCTA

On Thursday of last week, WWLS radio host Craig Humphreys, a long time friend of Brad Lund, came out to watch the 12U BCCTA Barracudas play for the JTT City Championship at Oak Tree Country Club. It was a long, tough match and Craig stayed until the last match concluded. He was so complementary of our player’s effort and play.

On Friday my phone notifications starting sounding off constantly for over a minute. I was busy and didn’t check the first few, but eventually the repeated dinging got me. I checked my phone and lots of friends were asking if I was listening to The Sports Animal? They said Craig was shining a spotlight on the Barracudas and the BCC Tennis Academy. We are grateful for Craig taking the time to share what’s happening with our kids at the BCC Tennis Academy.

BCCTA Barracudas
12U JTT City Champions!

Today, at the Oak Tree Country Club, two teams squared off to see who would remain undefeated. Each match was tight, many games went to deuce, sets went to tie-breakers, but when it was all said and done, and the scores were tabulated, the BCC Tennis Academy 12U Barracudas had won 27-20. Today marks the third consecutive City Championship for the Barracudas!

Coach Brad Lund spoke to the kids before the match and reminded them, “Every game counts so play each point with all of your heart.” That, no doubt, was the determining factor in the match. Coach Brad has instilled within the players the important lesson: “team comes first.” A perfect example happened on the court today. All of our players were finished with their matches except for John Paul Dillon who was playing #1 Singles.  JP split sets with his opponent, each set going to a tie-breaker. JP was playing a 10 point tie-breaker to determine the winner of the match. All of the Barracudas stood on the sideline cheering for JP after each and every point. When JP won the tie-breaker all of the Barracudas rushed the court to congratulate JP! Team first!! It truly is about much more than tennis at the BCC Tennis Academy. We train hard to win points and matches, but we work equally hard to instill within our kids the greatest lessons of life.

With the win the Barracudas will move to the next level of competition and play for the USTA Junior Team Tennis State Championship to be held at the OKC Tennis Center on July 15-16. Congratulations to JP Dillon, Javier Vasquez, Taytum Jones, Kellen Hays, Kadence Williams, Macy Hays, Alma Mendoza, and Gray Dillon.  Good luck as you go on to compete for the State Championship!

BCC Cheetahs 10U Jr. Team Tennis Champions!

The BCC Tennis Academy Cheetahs won two dual matches Wednesday afternoon in the sweltering heat at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center to capture their sixth consecutive 10-and-under USTA Junior Team Tennis City Championship.

The Cheetahs compiled a 6-0 record during the summer season and advance to the USTA Oklahoma Junior Team Tennis Championships July 15-16 at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Only two members from the Cheetahs’ 2018 state title team returned to this year’s lineup, veteran Kadence Williams (10), and 8-year-old Gray Dillon. Newcomers to the 2019 Cheetahs include: Audrey Bohnstedt (9), Andrea Mendoza (8), Ivan Mendoza (8), Yuri Mendoza (10), Braver Reineke (8), and Hayden Shriner (10).

The BCC Tennis Academy is a registered NJTL program within the USTA. The USTA/National Junior Tennis and Learning network is a nation-wide group of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. To learn more follow the NJTL link.

It’s More Than Tennis…
The “Courtship” of Nils and Annie Mueggenburg

It was May of 2011 and Annie Hays had just completed her freshman season at Edmond North High School. Steve Porter asked Annie if she would be willing to take some kids out after church and teach them to play tennis. That was the first outing of what would become known one day as The BCC Tennis Academy. Everyone had a great time and so they went again and again.

Tennis is a great sport. So many of our kids at the BCC Tennis Academy are learning how to work hard, how to push themselves, and how to strive to always improve their “game” on the court and off. Tennis is much, much more than working for the perfect forehand or backhand, tennis is also about relationships. Let me tell you a great story.

Annie didn’t come from a “tennis family.” As a little kid she played basketball and softball until her softball team was invited to play tennis each Friday afternoon throughout the summer by Tommy English, the former Head Pro at The Greens Country Club. At the end of the summer Tommy invited Annie to keep playing at The Greens. It didn’t take Annie long to fall in love with tennis. About one year later she made the decision to only play tennis.

The more Annie played the more she began to travel to tournaments all across the Missouri Valley and eventually the nation. She met girls from other cities who became warm-up partners, doubles partners, teammates on All-Star teams, and friends. Then, following her Freshman year in high school she met Rob Braver, who played at the University of Oklahoma. Rob introduced Annie to his daughter, Jessica, who also played tennis at the University of Oklahoma. Jessica has been a gift from God to Annie. She has been a big sister, hitting partner, counselor, and friend. Jessica heard from Annie about the kids at Britton Christian Church playing tennis and jumped right in, eventually becoming the Executive Director of the BCC Tennis Academy.

When it was time for Annie to graduate from high school in 2014, she had to make a choice as to which school she would choose to continue her tennis career. She decided to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Annie met a young man named Nils Mueggenburg from Hamburg, Germany who was playing on the men’s tennis team. The “courtship” began. God used a tennis racquet to bring a young man from Hamburg, Germany and a young girl from Edmond, OK. together at UMSL. Annie and Nils would soon learn that it was a perfect “match.” Love blossomed on the court for Annie and Nils and the two of them were married on June 8, 2019 in Bend, Oregon.

It was such a blessing to have Nils and Annie Mueggenburg travel from Bend to Oklahoma City to spend the last day of the BCC Tennis Camp with all of the coaches and kids. Now that’s a honeymoon that only tennis players can appreciate! Annie was able to see kids that she has encouraged, coached, and inspired for the past seven years. She was also able to see how an invitation by Steve Porter to take a few kids out to play tennis has grown into something more than special for so many kids in Oklahoma City.

Tennis is a wonderful sport, one of the few lifetime sports, but the relationships that are forged and fostered on the court are much more meaningful and important than any point, match, or championship anybody has ever won. I will guarantee you that if you were to ask Annie, “What’s the greatest blessing that has come into your life because you played tennis?” She wouldn’t tell you about winning trophies, coming back from a set down to win the match, clinching the win for her team, or going to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II Championships her senior year at UMSL. She would tell you about the relationships she’s made because of tennis through the years. I’m certain she’d end her story by telling you about the most important of those relationships…how she met her doubles partner for life, Nils. Congrats on your marriage Nils and Annie! The kids and coaches of the BCC Tennis Academy are so happy for you!

It’s More Than Tennis…
BCC Tennis Camp 2019

For four days kids filled the courts at The Betsy Braver Tennis Complex at Heritage Hall High School. Some learned how to hold a racquet for the very first time. Others worked on their serves, swing volleys, or how to manage a point in the midst of a tight match. There was lots of tennis being played by all of our kids, from our 5 year old Cubs to are most advanced players on court 1.

There was also much more than tennis taking place at the BCC Tennis Camp. Our coaches and Jessica Reineke, our Executive Director, were busy using tennis to teach kids about life and faith. What a great tool tennis can be in the hands of a coach who understands that as tough as mastering a new skill can be, or as tough as some matches can be, life is harder still. In tennis we need a great coach we are willing to listen and then lots of practice if we want to develop as tennis player. And so it is in life. We want to teach our players that they need to listen to the One who knows more about life than all of us combined. God’s Word, the Bible, is full of instruction about every aspect of life and is relevant and applicable for the young and old alike. It is so exciting to be able to use tennis as a tool to teach the most important lessons in life to our players.

 

BCC Tennis Camp ’19
Off and Running!

The rain came early, but the fun lasted all morning long as we kicked-off the 2019 BCC Tennis Camp at The Betsy Braver Tennis Complex at Heritage Hall High School. Sixty-five excited kids hit the courts with their coaches for three hours of fun and fundamentals.

Executive Director Jessica Reineke

This is our seventh year for the BCC Tennis Camp and each year is better than the year before! We have seasoned players like Tokara Henderson who, even though she is eleven years old, has participated in all seven camps. We also have lots of new players who are picking up a racquet for the very first time. Our youngest players are five years old and they are the cutest players on the court. Our oldest player is Parker Dillon, who has played with the BCC Tennis Academy for three years now and was a vital cog on the Crossings Christian Tennis team.

Spencer Papa and Crew

What makes our tennis camp so special are our coaches. Our BCC Tennis Academy coaching team of Jessica Reineke and her dad, Rob Braver, who both played at the University of Oklahoma, Brad Lund, Steve Porter, and Anna Browning, who played at Grand Canyon University, each work year round with our kids as well as at camp each summer. They are joined by former collegiate players and coaches like Vanessa Cunningham (Trinity University), John Hillis (University of Oklahoma), Annie Hays-Mueggenburg and her husband Nils, who both played at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mark Johnson, who played at Arkansas and Oklahoma State before coaching the University of Oklahoma Women’s team, and Paul Lockwood, who played and coached at the University of Oklahoma. We are blessed to have Spencer Papa, NCAA Doubles National Champion, who now since he has finished his collegiate career is preparing to turn pro in the fall. Our kids are so blessed to learn from the best!