For the second straight year, Edmond North was perfect.
The Huskies won their fourth straight state boys tennis championship Saturday, capturing state titles in each of the Class 6A singles and doubles matches.
It is the second consecutive year Edmond North has swept the state tennis tournament, winning each of the singles and doubles titles.
Senior Nate Roper defended his state championship at No. 1 singles by downing Chase Gordon of Jenks in the title match for the second straight year.
“I felt I was in control most of the time and won the big points,” Roper said. “We had a lot of good points, a lot of long games. It actually was a fun match.”
Roper finished 34-0 on the season. He only lost one set during the season and that came against Gordon, who plans to walk on at the University of Tulsa, during the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions.
“He's always tough,” Roper said. “If I give him anything, he jumps on me, so I always have to play well.”
Roper finishes his career at Edmond North with three state titles. He also won the state championship at No. 2 singles as a freshman.
His only blemish in four years at the state tennis tournament was losing the state title match at No. 1 singles as a sophomore.
Edmond North tennis coach Dee Ann Wallar called Roper one of the best tennis players in school history.
“He would be up in probably the top three,” Wallar said.
Roper plans to walk on at Oklahoma State University next season. Wallar believes Roper will have success at the next level.
“He has improved so much each year in his game,” she said. “He works hard and I think he will do everything he can to secure that spot and not be a walk-on after next year.”
Roper was one of three Edmond North players to claim a third individual state championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
David Hager won the No. 2 singles crown for the third consecutive year, defeating Daniel Langston of Ponca City 7-5, 6-0 in the title match.
Junior Bryan Lilley won his third state championship at No. 2 doubles for the Huskies, this year pairing with partner Pierce Bryant to defeat Tulsa Union's Andrea Kut and Mitchell Mathias 6-3, 6-2 in the championship finals.
In the No. 2 doubles state championship match, the Huskies' Tanner Chambers and Chase Haddican bested Edmond Memorial's McCann Bell and Preston Choi 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The state tennis championship for Edmond North completes the most successful athletic season in school history for the Huskies.
Edmond North claimed the tennis title just three hours Saturday after the Huskies won the state boys soccer championship.
Overall, the Huskies won six team state championships during the school year, the most in history.
In addition to boys' tennis and boys' soccer, the Huskies also were crowned state champions in softball, boys' golf, wrestling and girls' swimming.
Edmond North had won five state championships each of the last two years.
The Huskies also won 14 of 19 possible Metro Conference championships this school year, the most ever.