State tennis tournament: Edmond North wins fourth straight boys tennis championship

The Huskies won their fourth straight state boys tennis championship Saturday, capturing state titles in each of the Class 6A singles and doubles matches.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: May 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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photo - Edmond North's Nate Roper plays against Stillwater's Noah Smith during the 6A Boy's State Tennis Tournament at the OKC Tennis Club in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, May 10, 2013,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Edmond North's Nate Roper plays against Stillwater's Noah Smith during the 6A Boy's State Tennis Tournament at the OKC Tennis Club in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, May 10, 2013, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

For the second straight year, Edmond North was perfect.

The Huskies won their fourth straight state boys tennis championship Saturday, capturing state titles in each of the Class 6A singles and doubles matches.

It is the second consecutive year Edmond North has swept the state tennis tournament, winning each of the singles and doubles titles.

Senior Nate Roper defended his state championship at No. 1 singles by downing Chase Gordon of Jenks in the title match for the second straight year.

“I felt I was in control most of the time and won the big points,” Roper said. “We had a lot of good points, a lot of long games. It actually was a fun match.”

Roper finished 34-0 on the season. He only lost one set during the season and that came against Gordon, who plans to walk on at the University of Tulsa, during the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions.

“He's always tough,” Roper said. “If I give him anything, he jumps on me, so I always have to play well.”

Roper finishes his career at Edmond North with three state titles. He also won the state championship at No. 2 singles as a freshman.

His only blemish in four years at the state tennis tournament was losing the state title match at No. 1 singles as a sophomore.

Edmond North tennis coach Dee Ann Wallar called Roper one of the best tennis players in school history.

“He would be up in probably the top three,” Wallar said.

Roper plans to walk on at Oklahoma State University next season. Wallar believes Roper will have success at the next level.

“He has improved so much each year in his game,” she said. “He works hard and I think he will do everything he can to secure that spot and not be a walk-on after next year.”

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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