IHSTECA Sportsmanship Awards:

The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association would like to recognize high school players who display exemplary sportsmanship during the tennis season. This can be something displayed on the court or in other areas as it relates to tennis.

Boys’ Tennis

Fall 2020

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Covenant ChristianGabe WilsonGabe was new to tennis but as a multiple sport athlete regularly played #2 singles. When his opponent from Roncalli had his racket slip out of his hand, Gabe called let and replayed the point. This continued several times until the other coach corrected him about the rule. Gabe was polite and showed grace in this long match that he lost in the 3rd set.
Forest ParkNathan JarboeSectional match, Nathan ripped a winner from the baseline. opponent slipped and fell to the ground while trying to volley it back. Nathan immediately rushed to the net to make sure my player was okay and offered to help him to his feet. Even in the heat of the battle, he showed great sportsmanship on that point and continued it throughout his match.
LutheranCohl ErwinCohl was assisting his opponent with scoring and was communicating information in a manner that did not have to happen. He also told the opponent he nor his partner saw one of the calls so it was their point. A spectator for the opponent made a point to tell me how it was nice to see someone willing to be helpful and using such good sportsmanship.
SB St JosephKyle FernandezKyle greets opposing teams as they enter the tennis center and will spend a lot of time talking with his opponent after the match. This nomination is not a 1 time event it is an every day event for the three years he has played for our team. Kyle makes every player feel important and has been the best TEAM player.

Girls’ Tennis

SPRING 2019

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Covenant ChristianFaith LambAt the City Tournament there is often a team that has only one player that advanced from the Friday evening games. Faith Lamb took the initiative, introduced herself and helped a girl warm up who didn't have a team with her. She gave up some special time with her own team to make the Indianapolis City Tournament more welcoming for another.

Girls’ Tennis

SPRING 2018

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Tri-State#1S player (Name not know)this season a young lady who is autistic joined the tennis team. She can not play singles and no one wanted to play doubles with her. The #1 singles player stepped down from her spot (while the other team members moved up) to play doubles with the autistic girl. I love this story!! I had to share it with all of you!
Covenant Christian Kyla RussellShe stepped in to be a partner of a Chatard JV player which allowed another JV doubles pair to get to play. She brought great joy and a competitive match to all involved.
Blackhawk ChristianDanielle WilliamsDanielle's opponent from Columbia City broke a string and borrowed a racquet from her teammate. Danielle allowed the opponent to warm up and serve with the new racquet to get used to the tension/frame before resuming play.

Girls’ Tennis

SPRING 2017

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Blackhawk ChristianDanielle WilliamsDanielle was playing an opponent from FW South Side. During the match, the South Side player had a string break on her racquet and did not have a backup. Danielle offered one of her own backups to her opponent to use for the remainder of the match.
WabashMiss MiddletonAgainst Peru, Miss Middleton corrected a scoreboard error. Peru had won the first set and flipped the scorecard showing Wabash up 5-4 but after Peru though she had lost the set Miss Middleton said no the set was 5-5 not her win 6-4.

Boys’ Tennis

Fall 2016

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Delta High SchoolDelta TeamDelta conceeded 3S while down 1-5 to FW Carroll due to excessive darkness. The match was 2-2

Girls’ Tennis

Spring 2016

Team Affiliation:Person(s) Awarded:Reason for Award:
Alexandria High SchoolAlli AimanCorrected a game score from an opponent Frankton HS that went against Alli but was the correct call.
Blackhawk High SchoolDanielle WilliamsHad a shot hit off her racket but opponent FW Wayne HS did not see it. Danielle corrected the score against herself as it was the right call.
Brown County High SchoolAshley PughCorrected a game score from an opponent Franklin Community HS that went against her giving the set to FHS but was the correct call.
Madison Grant High SchoolLogan WakeStepped in to be a partner of an Elwood JV player when her partner was injured in a JV match so she could still get to play.
Plymouth High SchoolEmily HofferHelped an opponent from SB Clay HS who was who was having an asthma attack during match.