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Athlete of The Week

Undefeated on court

Alexis Haselwanter. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
September 26, 2012 - Freshman Alexis Haselwanter stepped off of the Wolves' tennis court last Thursday after a defeat over Ananth Ramaseshan from Rochester, 6-0, 6-1.

It brought his record up to 16-0.

"I don't think we have ever had anyone have that long of a winning streak at singles," said Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis Coach Chas Claus. "Much less starting their career as a freshman."

Haselwanter contributes his undefeated record to a mixture of working hard, not missing practices and a love for the game.

"I enjoy it," he said. "I think that is the biggest reason."

He began playing tennis when he was around 3-years-old when he was looking for a sport to play.

"I chose tennis. I had a lot of fun," he smiled.

When the high school team isn't in session, Haselwanter plays with the United States Tennis Association.

"I play against some of the older kids," he said.

"At first I was worried. I thought I would get out there and get destroyed. It turns out I compete pretty well with them."

Adding on to his dual matches he has won a gold medal in each of his tournaments with the Wolves starting with the Grand Blanc Invitational on Aug. 25. He beat Holly, Northville and Troy for first place.

Next came the Northville Quad on Aug. 29 where he beat Northville again as well as Plymouth and Lakeland. Then his most recent was Sept. 15 at the Grand Blanc/Holly Invitational where he beat Grand Blanc, Stoney Creek and Traverse City for another first place finish.

"It has been really fun," Haselwanter said about his first year with the varsity team. "I have really enjoyed it. It is a great team to be on."

His advice for athletes thinking about joining tennis or another sport is to do it.

"You have friends, and it teaches you a lot of life lessons," he said, adding it taught him about working with others.

His goal for his tennis career is to keep going and play until he goes to college.

Haselwanter also skis in the winter. He used to play basketball and also played it since he was a kid.

"I found I like tennis more," he said.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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