Boys Tennis Preview (what to watch for)
By Robert Przybylo
Once again, we put our fate in the hands of Mother Nature and hope to conclude the boys state tennis tournament this weekend. We’ll see.
It’s been an exciting season so far with several teams/players really stepping up. You can be the best all season, but this is the weekend you need to bring it.
Oh boy, what a three-team race this should be between Putnam North, Edmond Memorial and Union.
I’ve seen Putnam North and Edmond Memorial several times and know how strong they are. Only saw Union once, but coach Kevin Gannon is one of the best in the state.
Player to watch: Chris Haworth, Putnam North. Really, I’m not his PR agent, but it does feel like I’ve written a lot about the sophomore throughout this season.
He’s made a lot of strides since being that freshman that lost a three-set classic to Omar Aly (formerly of Jenks) last year in the quarterfinals.
He’s grown six inches and more than that, he’s dealt with nerves and adversity and has been coming out on top time after time.
What will be interesting is to see if any of the other teams (Edmond North, Norman North, Jenks) upset some of the favorites.
I would not be shocked to see Edmond North, spurred by the girls title, perform better than it has all season.
Some names to watch: EM: Duncan Fugitt (No. 1 S), Omar Karim (No. 2 S). EN: Nick Jordan (No. 2 S), Eric Olson and Baylor Spring (No. 2 D). Norman North: Kevin Boyd and Sam Geurkink (No. 1 D). PCN: Wil Rodwell (No. 2 S). Muskogee: Brandon Finerty (No. 1 S).
Predicted order of finish: 1. Union; 2. Putnam North; 3. Edmond Memorial.
Not as much drama here as Bishop Kelley won’t be playing second-fiddle to anybody in this class.
Cale Hammond, at No. 1 S, leads the most loaded team in the field and the question will be if the Comets can sweep the field.
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