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High school tennis: Edmond North's David Hager goes for third consecutive state championship

Hager recovers from stress fracture in his back suffered last summer.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 10, 2013
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“Even now, I will occasionally feel a little bit of discomfort, but nothing like I used to feel.”

Hager, a junior, is one of three Edmond North players who will be playing for their third state championship Saturday.

Nate Roper is the defending state champion at No. 1 singles. He also won the No. 2 singles title as a freshman. Junior Bryan Lilley is seeking his third state championship at No. 1 doubles for the Huskies.

Edmond North, which is trying to win its fourth consecutive boys team state championship, advanced both of its singles and doubles pairs into Saturday's semifinals.

Hager likely will be playing No. 1 singles for Edmond North next season since Roper will graduate next weekend.

“Nate is a great player,” Hager said. “We go back and forth all the time. It would be fun to play (No.) 1. I would definitely be willing to step up to the challenge.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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