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
You would have thought Norman North’s colors were cardinal and gold the way the crowd was reacting after the Class 6A No. 1 doubles state championship.

Norman North’s Kevin Boyd and Sam Geurkink came from behind to beat Tulsa Union in the final, and in the process give Putnam City North its first boys team championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

"I loved the crowd,” said Boyd. "That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing tennis in my entire life.”

Because of the win, Putnam City North topped Tulsa Union 29-27 in the team race.

The Panthers may have needed a little help, but they did plenty to earn their first title.

Putnam North placed higher than its seed in three spots. The only spot it didn’t, No. 1 singles, was because sophomore Chris Haworth was already the top seed.

"I never really thought this was possible,” said Putnam North coach David Diefenderfer. "This has been a long time coming.”

It’s not often an undefeated season gets overshadowed, but that’s the case for Haworth.


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