e Norman North boys tennis program has made a lot of strides in the last few years but still isn’t among the top names in the state.
The crowd had been following the singles tournament for the most part, and when Norman North took the court, there weren’t that many casual fans watching until the final.
With almost all eyes of 6A (and some from other fans) on the team, that’s when they played their best.
“I thought I would be pretty nervous because of everything, but it really was a lot of fun,” Geurkink said.
Norman North won the second set, 7-5, and that’s when it understood why the crowd was getting bigger and bigger.
The Timberwolves eventually won the final set, 7-5, and Norman North and Putnam North supporters alike began celebrating.
“This is what we’ve been aiming for,” Boyd said, before trying to compose himself. “I don’t know what else to say. This is great.”
As the duo was being congratulated by one person after another, a familiar face came around to give his own thanks: Putnam North coach David Diefenderfer.
The Norman North team ends up at 29-0 and because of the championship and the No. 2 doubles team of Nick Harderson and Chris Marrs placing fifth, the Timberwolves ended up fifth despite having no singles competitors.