Athletes of The Week
October 12, 2011 - Seniors Zach Finn and Alex Richards ruled the doubles team portion of the OAA White Championship for tennis on Sept. 27.
Zach Finn and Alex Richards celebrate their last home game against Berkley. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
Competing in Doubles #1 court, they took first place for the Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team, beating Lake Orion, Lahser and Rochester.
"It was a very good day," said Richards. "We really had it going that day. We pulled off a upset when we beat Lahser."
"Large upset," Finn added.
The dual had competed against Lahser before and lost, 0-2. The comeback for the Wolves started when Lahser made mistakes Finn and Richards were able to take advantage of.
"Once we got the momentum we just kept it," said Richards. "They underestimated us."
Finna and Richards didn't become doubles partners until after this season began but both have been playing tennis for a while. Richards began his freshman year.
"I started playing for fun," he said. "I kept playing because I liked it. The team is cool. The guys are cool."
Finn began taking lessons in seventh grade.
"My parents would say I have been playing my whole life," he added. "The family outings on Sundays really got me started. It spiraled out of control from there and here I am on varsity."
He also played soccer but when soccer was moved to the same season as tennis, he had to make a choice.
"It was really disappointing," Finn said. "I chose tennis. Tennis is a lot of technique rather than athleticism."
Richards currently has a grade point average of 3.7 and Finn holds a 3.6 GPA.
Both will continue to play after graduation for fun. Richards added it depended on the college he goes to and the tennis program they have.
Richards plans on studying engineering in college and Finn plans on computer science or some kind of engineering.
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.