Three teenagers with Vandalia ties have made a lot of noise on tennis courts in Oklahoma and have set themselves up to continue their careers in college.
Both Daniel and Gabriela Langston earned top state finishes in the competitive Class 6A State Championships.
Daniel Langston is a junior in Ponca City, Okla. and won the Class 6A No. 1 singles title after finishing the season undefeated with a 32-0 record.
He was the first player from Ponca City to win the No. 1 singles title in 40 years.
He has not lost a high school match for the past two seasons as he won the No. 2 singles title in 2014 with a 36-0 record.
In 2014, he was the first tennis player from Ponca City to win the No. 2 singles title since 1975.
He started playing tennis at age 4 when living in Honduras. Daniel worked on his craft through the years to eventually be ranked No. 2 in the Missouri Valley for players 16-and-under. The region includes players from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.
He was No. 1 in the Missouri Valley in the 14-and-under and was nationally ranked in the Top-100 in both divisions.
During his career, he was won numerous USTA Tournaments like the Missouri Valley Sweet 16’s, a National Segment Level 3 event.
When he competed last July in the National Zone Team event against highly ranked juniors from across the United States, he was 5-0 in singles play and 4-1 in doubles.
The team finished third at the National Selection Tournament (Level 2) in San Antonio, Texas.
The doubles team made it to the Round of 16 at the U16 Easter Bowl in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and National Doubles Championship at Wake Forest University.
He’s also played three weeks in France,where he won one tournament playing juniors training in France, Egypt, and Denmark.
Daniel plans to play tennis in college where he is being recruited by NCAA Division I universities in conferences like the Big 10, Big 12, and Big East. Summer plans include him playing in some prestigious junior events along with ITF college events and ITF Futures Professional tournaments.
His sister Gabriela isn’t too far behind him. She is a sophomore at Ponca City and took ninth in the No. 1 doubles event at the 2015 Oklahoma State Tournament.
Their older brother Blake Langston placed fourth in the Class 6A for No. 1 singles last year as a senior.
The parents of the three teenagers are Ken and Marci (Gower) Langston, of Ponca City, Okla., who both graduated from Van-Far.
Their grandparents are Larry and Kathy Langston, of Vandalia, Mo.; Ray C. and Brenda Gower, of Farber, Mo.; and Linda Bogue, of Hannibal, Mo. Their great-grandmother is Ruth Eick, from Mexico, Mo.