Here are some old pictures from my senior year of high school. I played #2 doubles on the tennis team at Burke High in Omaha, Nebraska.
I chose tennis because I needed a sport that I could letter in so I could get a letter jacket. That's really the only reason. Football was out of the question - I was too scrawny. I tried out for the basketball team but didn't make the cut (by a long shot). Couldn't swim worth a flipper. Didn't care to run around in circles or for no apparent reason. That pretty much left tennis...
Here's a group of us relaxing while some of our other teammates played. This was a home meet at the fabulous (read: beat up and run down) courts of Burke. I'm there along with Troy Morris, Chad Surles, Brad Kratky, and Charlie Lessman.
This picture is from one of our daily practices. Coach Lundeen had this new "3-D" camera he was trying out. In the original pic it looks like my racquet is jumping off the picture at you. Kind of neat. My doubles partner was Ryan Caswell. He was a freshman. I was a senior. That was a little...um, awkward at first, but in the end we made a really good team. In fact, we beat the guys that ended up winning the State Championship the only time we played them. I remember that in the first match we played together, I beaned him square in the back with one of my serves.
This is from the 1991 Nebraska State Tennis Tournament. It was our first round match against Benson High. That's me with the ferocious overhead smash. We won. We were the #6 seed, and made it to the quarterfinals before losing.
And finally, here's me in the letter jacket I wanted so badly.