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April 23, 2013

Norman North seniors band together

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NORMAN —

“We’ve all pretty much been together since Day 1,” Bray said.

They’ve compiled quite the resume´.

Comparatively, this may actually be the down year. It’s been well chronicled, that North has lost three times this season, even twice in the state of Oklahoma and once, yegads, to Crosstown Clash rival Norman High.

Also, the T-Wolves are 9-3 with every loss coming in a shootout, have already secured another district championship and have outscored their six district opponents 28-4 with tonight’s game still to play.

Many, if they had to choose a Class 6A state champion before the playoffs begin, would still pick the T-Wolves.

Then there’s the state championship they claimed last season, the mythical national championship granted by ESPN’s Rise Fab 50 poll that came along with it, another state championship claimed their freshmen season and a trip to the semifinals in between.

“Being part of two state championships is huge. They have an opportunity this year to be part of a third,” Claros said. “They’re going to be a huge part of Norman North soccer tradition … The other two state championships the program’s won were in a four-year span, too [2000 and 2003], so they’re going to be right there with that group.”

Plenty good to begin with, intangibles have been a big part of their story.

“We haven’t always been the most skilled,” said Laffoon, who will join his brother, Trevor, at Oral Roberts’ soccer program next fall. “We’ve been told that by the coaches we’ve had, even in Celtic, but a lot of the things they’ve liked is we work hard. We’ve always been able to put the work in.”

Tonight is many things.

There’s the ceremony, and with 11 seniors it’s going to take a while.

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