September 25, 2013 - Sophomore Ian Stuart was the last to step onto the court against Rochester with the score 4-4, Sept. 13.
Ian Stuart swings against his opponents.Photo by Mark Stuart (click for larger version)
Stuart admitted he began the match against Falcons' Collin Perozich for Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team really slow. As his teammates cheered him on he felt more confident.
"Last year I beat that kid twice so I knew I could beat him," he said. "I ended up beating him."
Stuart lost the first set 4-6. Then, rain began pouring and the match was moved inside to Lifetime Fitness.
"It actually helped me," he added. "I play better inside than I do outside."
He finished the next two sets with wins - 6-3 and 6-2.
"I was very pleased with Ian," said Coach Chas Claus. "He knew the pressure was on him. He really stepped up with everyone from both teams watching and screaming."
Stuart joined the team last year and so far his second year with the team is what he thought it would be - winning the majority of his matches.
During the off season he plays in the United States Tennis Association tournament and is 20th in the state in his grade level. He began playing tennis because his parents wanted him to play the sport along with golf because they lived in a country club. He also played football and basketball.
"Once I figured out I wasn't the right size for them my mom said I could be really good with tennis," Stuart said. "I kept up with this."
His goal for the season is to help his team get to the state finals at Midland Tennis Center, Oct. 18-19.
"I will do my part by doing the best I can by winning especially matches that are close because that's when it matters," Stuart added.
While at the finals he would like to reach his individual goal of winning the state championship in No. 3 Singles.
His advice for aspiring athletes is to keep going and do what they can to reach their best.
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.