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Boys tennis player of the year: Chris Haworth perfect to the end

ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: June 4, 2009 at 4:48 am •  Published: June 4, 2009

/> Midway through the season, there was no question as to who was the best boys singles player in the state.

"He was a lot more mature this season and was really more prepared mentally this season,” said Putnam North coach David Diefenderfer, who was selected as Boys Coach of the Year. "His attitude was better, and it helped the whole team.”

Haworth grew six inches from his freshman to sophomore season and went from being a baby-faced freshman to being an unstoppable force on the court.

At 6-foot, opposing players had no weaknesses to exploit as he still had good coverage of the court but had added more power to his game.

The school celebrated the championship a few days later, and Haworth said he would like to experience that feeling again.

"The girls have three championships, so we don’t want to stop with just this one,” Haworth said.

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