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State tennis tournament: ‘Long time coming’

By Robert Przybylo Published: May 17, 2009
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photo - Putnam City North’s Chris Haworth celebrates his win over Edmond Memorial’s Duncan Fugitt in the Class 6A No. 1 singles finals on Saturday.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Putnam City North’s Chris Haworth celebrates his win over Edmond Memorial’s Duncan Fugitt in the Class 6A No. 1 singles finals on Saturday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
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worth didn’t drop a set all tournament and earned his first state title with a 38-0 record.

Haworth became only the second Panther to win an individual championship. Shawn Fox accomplished the feat at No. 1 singles in 1993.

While Haworth said "it was really cool” to win and go undefeated, his focus switched over to the Norman North doubles match.

Tulsa Union’s Ryan Proctor and Tayler Gallien won the first set 7-6. And as the sea of Putnam North followers came over to the court, it was tight in the second set before the Timberwolves’ squad won the final two sets 7-5, 7-5.

Wil Rodwell placed second at No. 2 singles, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Casey New and Kole Melton for Putnam North, while the No. 1 doubles squad of Brian Diefenderfer and T.J. Becker placed third.