Harrah tennis player Sam Raglin persevering through storm

Harrah tennis player Sam Raglin competed in the state tournament knowing he would return to a home destroyed by a tornado

BY ROBERT PRZYBLO Published: May 16, 2010
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/> It’s not just the mental and physical toll the week took on Raglin, but also having to be without the necessities. For instance, some of his tennis clothes were destroyed in the tornado, and he had to go out and buy a couple of T-shirts and a pair of tennis shoes Wednesday night.

"He’s such a good kid,” coach Jim Miller said. "He’s trying to be strong, but it’s definitely a tough time.”

Raglin qualified Monday but wasn’t able to hit a ball again until Thursday night as the family continued to try to see what they could salvage as well as looking ahead and trying to rebuild in the future.

The tennis community has reached out to support Raglin. Teams from Ada, Duncan and Shawnee have made donations.

"When something like this happens, you just do it — do whatever you can,” Ada coach Skip Griese said. "In these situations, you can never do enough.”

The biggest question for Raglin was what to do Friday? Would he play? Did he even want to play?

He was torn, but he decided to go out there.

"It’s a big accomplishment to make state. It’s been chaotic, so it helped to get away,” Raglin said.

Unfortunately, his parents couldn’t be there as they were busy making arrangements for the house they’re renting.

Though it felt great to be out among friends at the tournament, Raglin’s heart was still at home. He lost his first match and elected to default his second match so he could be back with his family.

"We’re all trying to move on and recover,” Raglin said. "It was good to be here, but it’s time to go home. We have a lot of work to do.”