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2018-05-15 / Sports

Athlete of the Week


Alex Haight Alex Haight For the first time since early in the history of this column, this week’s Athlete of the Week is a tennis player — Delaware Academy freshman Alex Haight, who was the Bulldogs’ top singles player. He finished the season with an overall 12-1 record, including an 8-0 record in Midstate Athletic Conference play.

Alex had a win-loss record in games of 135-40. He won 23 sets in total and only lost three. He was seeded third in the Section IV Class C-D championship, which was played at Greene on Friday. His lone loss came to the second seed, Chenango Forks junior Niklas Boeker.

Alex is one of the very few DA basketball players who have been starters on varsity as a freshman, and he also was varsity soccer starter.

His coach, Jennifer Sanford, commented. “He has played so will this year and has improved even without much court time. He is willing to try new things to improve his game. After his quarterfinal in sectionals, he played a player that he had played in the first match of the season. Tenjing Sherpa commented on how much better Alex had gotten since the beginning of the season.”

She added of Alex, “This season, he introduced a net game to his already strong baseline game. Since he is so athletic, it is hard for players to pass him when he is at the net. Every aspect of his game improved this year. He also shows true sportsmanship in all of his matches, not only with his opponents but also with his teammates. He is always there to encourage everyone on the team to play their best, and can be found cheering everyone on until the end of every match.

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