For four years, there hasn’t been a more dominant tennis player in Pasco County than Okungbowa. Since first bursting on the scene as a scrawny freshman from Virginia, Okungbowa has changed the culture of tennis in Wesley Chapel. He turned the Bulls into a powerhouse, took them to states twice and was even Class 4A state runner-up as a junior. As Okungbowa heads to FAMU to continue his tennis career, he leaves a lasting legacy for Wiregrass that not only paves the way for more top tennis players, but a career in which he recorded few losses and many records.
WIREGRASS RANCH, SO.
Since she stepped onto the Wiregrass Ranch courts in Wesley Chapel, there hasn’t been a more dominant girls tennis player the past two seasons. This year, Makarome, a 5-foot-nothing spitfire, won the Class 4A-District 5 singles and doubles titles and entered state tourney losing only two games all season. In two seasons, Makarome has lost only a few matches, all of them at the state-tournament level. Only a sophomore, she was the Class 4A state runner-up as a freshman.