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Boys' Tennis Athlete of the Year
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Boys' Tennis Athlete of the Year

 

2000

Geoff Russell
Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix, Arizona

"Athletes like Geoff Russell are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best tennis players in the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him."  Russell won Class 5A state singles titles as a freshman, junior, and senior. He was undefeated his final two years, and didn't lose a single set as a junior. As a senior, he won 56 of 58 sets. He accepted a scholarship to the College of William & Mary.

 

2001

Brandon Gill
Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, Indiana

"Athletes like Brandon Gill are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best tennis players not only in the state of Indiana, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." Since the adoption of the current state tournament format in 1980, Gill is the first player, male or female, to win an individual state title both in doubles and in singles during his career. Gill won the state singles championship last fall, finishing the season with a 16-1 record. He was part of the state championship doubles team as a sophomore in 1998.  

 

2002

Ryan McBride
Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, Arizona

"Athletes like Ryan McBride are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best tennis players not only in the state of Arizona, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." The top-ranked player in the United States Tennis Association's Southwest Section most of the year, McBride gave up his No. 1 ranking to return to high school tennis this year after finishing third in the state as a freshman and sophomore. McBride cruised to the Class 5A state singles title this year, going 30-0 overall. He did not lose a set all season, dropping just 10 games along the way. McBride became his school's first boys singles champion in 20 years, and will attend Arizona State University.  

 

2003

Shane Tyree
Lake Howell High School, Winter Park, Florida

"Shane Tyree, who never even played tennis before he was 12 years old, has shown that discipline and effort can make up for a late start," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Shane Tyree as the National High School Senior Boys Tennis Athlete of the Year." Tyree climbed the Florida tennis ladder of success year-by-year and made his way to stand upon the podium as champion in his senior season. Starting to play tennis at a rather late age for the sport, 12, Tyree quickly caught on and earned a spot as the No. 3 player on the Lake Howell High team as a freshman. A year later as a sophomore Tyree became the school's No. 1 player and one year later found himself at the state meet. Then as a senior, Tyree took the final step in a lesson in learning, by claiming the Florida Class 3A singles title. He is yet undecided on college choice, but Tyree does plan to play tennis collegiately.

 

2004

Keithan Gregg
Cut Bank High School, Cut Back, Montana

Gregg finished his prep career will four state titles to earn NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year honors. Gregg earned his four titles while leading the Cut Bank Wolves to three team championships in Montana. Gregg will continue his tennis career at Eastern Washington University.

 

2005

Jack Marsh
Seton Catholic High School, Chandler, Arizona  

Ranked No. 9 in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southwest Region rankings, Marsh was never defeated in a high school match during his four-year career. His victory in the state finals earlier this month made him just the third player in state history - and the first above Class A-2A - to win four state titles. He led Seton Catholic High to a sweep of the 3A boys individual titles, the first Arizona team to do so in five seasons.

 

2006

Michael Dierberger
Nicolet High School, Glendale, Wisconsin

Later this month, Dierberger will complete one of the outstanding prep careers in recent Wisconsin history as he attempts to win a third consecutive Division 1 state individual championship. Dierberger also finished third in the state his freshman year. Active on the junior tennis circuit, Dierberger won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Open Boys 18 singles event in St. Louis in November and has advanced to the quarterfinals or better in six events on the USTA National Open circuit in the past 15 months. He will attend the University of Wisconsin.

 

2007

Matthew Allare
Kings High School, Kings Mills, Ohio

An imposing figure on the court at 6-foot-6, Allare is a three-time Division 1 state champion, winning the state singles title this season after taking state doubles crowns as a sophomore and junior. He also has won a pair of United States Tennis Association (USTA) Under-18 doubles crowns. Since the conclusion of the high school season, Allare went 4-1 in the USTA Midwest Winter Championships, then won the Columbus Indoor Championships and the USTA National Open Under-18 event in Cincinnati, and has moved up to No. 16 nationally among high school seniors according to tennisrecruiting.net. He will attend Ohio State University.  

 

2008

Casey Watt
Pine Richland High School, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Watt is not an imposing figure on the court at 5-foot-11 and 162 pounds, but his record is. He has never lost a team match at No. 1 singles and he has just two career losses, both coming in the state tournament. Watt recently won his third Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AA singles title, and will compete in the state tournament later this month. The University of Notre Dame commitment advanced to the state semifinals as a freshman in 2005 and was upset in the first round of the state meet last year. In between, he was the state doubles champion as a sophomore in 2006. Also the No. 2 player on his school's golf team last fall, Watt, ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 8 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, posted a 59-12 record in junior competition last year.

 

2009

Wyatt Lippert
Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound left-hander rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third set of the Division 1 state final by winning six straight games and the championship as a junior. Ranked No. 37 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, Lippert heads into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed in his bid to repeat. Lippert was one of just two freshmen to qualify for the state tournament, a season in which he posted a 21-10 record and the first of back-to-back third-place finishes. He finished 25-6 as a sophomore, losing in the state semifinals to 2007 NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year Matt Allare of Kings Mills Kings High, Lippert's future college teammate at Ohio State University. As a junior, Lippert finished 31-1 with a 29-match winning streak. Lippert owns a 51-22 junior record and was a finalist in the United States Tennis Association under-18 Midwest Winter Championship and the Fall Midwest Indoor Closed events last year.

 

2010

Raleigh Smith
Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami, Florida

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Smith completed a run of four consecutive 2A state singles championships, following up state titles at No. 5 singles as a freshman, No. 3 as a sophomore and No. 2 as a junior with the state crown at No. 1 singles this year. Smith also led Gulliver Prep to four consecutive state team titles. He never lost a singles match in team district, regional or state competitions, compiling a record of 38-0. He also never dropped a set in state competition the past three years. Ranked No. 24 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, Smith owns a 25-13 junior tennis record. He won the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Boys Under-16 National Clay Court Doubles Championship in 2008 and finished in the top 12 in singles in 2009, and was the Plaza Cup doubles champion in 2009. Smith will attend Northwestern University, where he will be reunited with a former high school teammate, 2009 Miami Herald Player of the Year Chris Jackman.

 

2011

Chris Haworth
Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The 6-foot, 150-pound Haworth finished his career with his third 6A state championship at No. 1 singles, making him just the fourth boys player to accomplish the feat in the state’s biggest class. He has lost just one match over those three seasons. With his 6-4, 6-1 victory in the championship match, Haworth dropped just six games in four state tournament matches, and finished the season with a 34-0 record. He was named West Metro Player of the Week by The Daily Oklahoman in April. Rated a five-star prospect and the No. 20 recruit nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, Haworth owns a 47-15 overall record in Junior play. He spent the fall semester this year at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas, and followed that up by winning the USTA Missouri Valley Segment I Sweet 16 Tournament in February without losing a set. The Oklahoma State University signee also advanced to the consolation finals of the USTA Under-18 Winter Nationals, posting a record of 6-2.

 

2012

Brett Clark
Barron G. Coller High School, Naples, Florida

Few players are talented enough to claim multiple state championships in Florida, and fewer still are versatile enough to excelin both singles and doubles. Clark did both during his career.He was a double champion his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, helping lead Barron Collier to the 3A state team title all three years. After taking the state title at No. 2 singles as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 right-hander took No. 1 singles titles as a junior and senior, becoming just the 16th player in state history to win two championships at the No. 1 spot. The 3APlayer of the Year, who also won a pair of team singles titles,was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Boys Player of the Year.His three straight state titles at No. 1 doubles made him become just the fifth player to accomplish that feat. He did not drop a set in either singles or doubles over those three seasons. Clark also competed at No. 1 doubles as a freshman, advancing to the state semifinals. Ranked the No. 6 recruit nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, Clark owns a 49-11 record in Junior competition.Last summer, the University of North Carolina recruit won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Florida Under-18 Closed Sectional, was a finalist in the USTA Under-18 Clay Court Championships and advanced to the round of 64 in the U.S. Open Junior Championships.

 

2013

Miguel Alda
Westwood High School, Round Rock, Texas  

Miguel Alda won the Texas Class 5A individual tennis championship this spring after losing the first set in the finals. Alda, who will attend Columbia Univesity, rallied to beat Frankie Colunga of A&M Consolidated 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Miguel’s sister Rosalia was also a 5A state champ back in 2007. Alda was also named an All-American by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation, which salutes the Top 40 high school athletes in the United States.  

 

2014

Chase Perez-Blanco
Gulliver Prep School, Miami, Florida

Chase Perez-Blanco, who will be college tennis at the University of Florida, closed-out a great high school career finishing second overall in Florida’s highly competitive boys’ tennis individual championships. Perez-Blanco won the overall individual title as a junior. During his varsity career he led Gulliver Prep to three state team titles. Perez-Blanco was named a National High School Tennis All-American in 2013 and 2014. He is the second Gulliver Prep boys’ tennis player to be honored by the NHSCA. Raleigh Smith was honored in 2010.

 

2015

Martin Joyce
Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois

The 2015 high school tennis season saw Martin Joyce capture his second individual Illinois state tennis championship.  Joyce, who will attend Ohio St., also has a state runner-up and fourth place finish on his scholastic resume.  He also helped his school win its fourth straight team title.

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