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High school tennis: David Hager caps stellar career

The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Yearwent 29-0 as a senior as he won the No. 1 singles state championship.
by Trent Shadid Published: June 10, 2014

Edmond North captured a fifth consecutive Class 6A boys tennis team title this season, its eighth championship since 2001, and the Huskies did so behind one of the most successful players in school history.

David Hager, The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Year, went 29-0 as a senior as he won the No. 1 singles state championship to become a four-time individual champion.

“It’s still amazing that it has happened when I think about it,” said Hager, who defeated Muskogee’s Connor Finerty to win the No. 1 singles title in Class 6A last month. “Not only the individual part, but the team part as well. To have been surrounded by guys who are just as good as I am, and with the tradition, it’s pretty surreal when I think about it. It’s huge, to me, to do something like this at a school like North.”

Hager’s individual title as a senior was his first in No. 1 singles after winning three in No. 2 singles while playing behind teammate and former Player of the Year Nate Roper, who currently plays at Oklahoma State.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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