Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions - Boys
By Robert Przybylo
Looked at the girls side yesterday, let’s do the same with the boys portion of the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions.
Thoughts and observations:
- There was a lot of tension between Tulsa Union’s Trevor Horstmann and Putnam North’s Chris Haworth in the No. 1 singles championship.
Both disagreed about the others’ line calls and some real tension in the air. I thought it made the atmosphere that much better, but maybe that’s just me.
One time Horstmann was a little out of hand when it appeared he was trying to hit Haworth with a shot in the tie-breaker in the second set.
Almost a second after, he realized he was in the wrong. Tournament director Dick Villaflor (Heritage Hall coach) and Tulsa Union coach Kevin Gannon were quick to restore order.
To me, it’s not a big deal. Tennis is such a mental game because you’re out there by yourself. Tempers will flare up.
Both were calm and sportsmanlike in the third set and after the match. A grueling physical and mental test for the sophomore from Putnam North as Haworth won.
Haworth started cramping midway through the second set but persevered. Thought Horstmann accounted for himself very well, especially since regular No. 1 singles player Logan Collins wasn’t at the tournament because of ACT testing.
Haworth was so small last year. He’s built like a machine this year, growing as much as he did. Extremely tough to think anyone will be able to take him out at the state tournament.
- ACT testing nearly gutted the boys draw but still a huge win for the Putnam North boys, holding off Tulsa Union for first. Edmond North placed third.
- First time truly got to see Norman North’s Sam Geurkink and Kevin Boyd. Pretty good combination right there. Easy to see why they’re undefeated. Don’t think Norman North has the depth to make a real run in 6A, but Geurkink and Boyd might throw a wrench into other teams’ championship plans.
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