Nobody goes through an undefeated season without encountering a stern test. And the Norman North No. 1 doubles team definitely received that in the Class 6A state championship match. But as the team of Sam Geurkink and Kevin Boyd has done all season, they never let the moment get to them. Geurkink and Boyd battled back against Tulsa Union’s Ryan Proctor and Tayler Gallien to win in three sets and win Norman North’s first tennis championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. While the boys were concentrating on their match, they suddenly became the favorites of everyone wearing Putnam North colors. Because Norman North won, Putnam North won the team championship over Tulsa Union. “I loved the crowd,” Boyd said. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing tennis in my entire life.” Boyd said it was the greatest tennis environment he’s ever been in, but he tried not to think about that. “You start doing that, then you get tight and nervous,” Boyd said. “You know what’s at stake, but you have to try to keep focus, too.” Focus wasn’t an issue as Tulsa Union gave them their biggest and best challenge of the season and won the first set in a tie-breaker. Around the middle of the second set, Putnam North followers flocked to the court to start cheering on the Timberwolves pair. “It was surreal,” Geurkink said about the atmosphere. The pair are used to being unnoticed. The 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.