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May 28, 2012

Madison Carey continues a family legacy with All-State selection in doubles play.

In 1980, Karen Carter — now known as Karen Carey — became an All-State tennis player at Tahlequah High School. Thirty-two years later, her daughter has followed in her footsteps.

Madison Carey, along with teammate, Emily Linebarger, was named to Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State East team recently. Carey and Linebarger became the fourth All-State selections from Tahlequah in the past two seasons.

But Carey and her mom are now the only mother-daughter combination to named tennis All-Staters at Tahlequah.

“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Carey said. “I know my mom was so proud of me, because I’ve always liked soccer a little bit more. So for me to succeed in tennis and follow in her footsteps, I think she was smiling so much on the inside.”

Carey, who was also selected as an All-State soccer performer this season, teamed with Katie Schneider to finish third at the Class 5A state tennis tournament this season.

“I put her down at 2 doubles for our team,” said Tahlequah coach Tyler Ashley, who had Carey play No. 2 doubles after she and Linebarger played No. 1 doubles together in 2011.

“I felt like I wanted someone with a freshman who’s been there before. I wanted someone with some experience at 2 doubles, so I thought Madison would be a great person to have down there.”

Ashley added that Carey being named an All-Stater brings a great conclusion to a family tradition.

“Her sisters played, too, so all the girls in that family have played,” Ashley said. “...So it’s kind of cool for her to leave as an All-Stater, because (the Carey family) doesn’t have any more children coming in.”

Carey and Linebarger will participate in the All-State games July 24 at the University of Tulsa. And at first, Carey and Linebarger thought they were merely alternates for the postseason showcase.

“(Coach Ashley) was telling us how All-State worked and how an alternate gets to go,” Carey recalled. “He explained how the alternate thing worked out and he was kind of sad acting.

“Then, he said, ‘you don’t have to worry about alternates because you guys made it.’ That was kind of painful but it was huge relief.”

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