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By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: July 30, 2013
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photo - Union's Andreas Kutt competes with Jenk's Chase Gordon against a west team during the All-State tennis games at Union Intermediate High School in Tulsa, Okla., taken on July 30,2013. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Union's Andreas Kutt competes with Jenk's Chase Gordon against a west team during the All-State tennis games at Union Intermediate High School in Tulsa, Okla., taken on July 30,2013. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

“We'll respect each other still. That won't change.”

ROPER, PEPPER SWEEP AWARDS

Roper, a three-time state champ, twice at No. 1 singles, was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award and named the OTCA Player of the Year. It was his second time winning the award.

Pepper, a state champion at No. 1 doubles and two-time state champion at No. 1 singles, was also honored as the OTCA Female Player of the Year.

NEW VENUE

The Oklahoma Coaches Association's All-State tennis tournament made history.

The event was the first tournament held at the new Union Tennis Center.

The center was part of a 2012 bond issue, which gave $2.8 million to tennis. Union broke ground on the site located just south of the school last November. The facility includes eight courts and an indoor viewing area that holds locker rooms, restrooms, concession stands and partially covered seating below.

Union also resurfaced six existing courts that lie to the west of the school as part of the project.

EXTRA SWINGS

*Edmond North coach Dee Ann Wallar was named OCA Coach of the Year.

*Of the 36 players who participated Tuesday, 17 (10 from the East, seven from the West) will play in college.

*Alex Moralles of Ardmore was named the Walley Smith Scholarship recipient

*Josh Ellis of Ada was named the Jack Kisner Scholarship recipient.

*The No. 3 girls' doubles match between the East's Olivia Charvat and Reynolds Chew and the West's Samantha Cassidy and Brittany Toone lasted 1 hour, 46 minutes. The West team was up 7-1 before hanging on to win in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (6).

*The West boys defeated the East 8-4. The East's girls defeated the West 8-4.