Ace of the court and classroomSluder caps impressive career at Tuscola
Senior Isaac Sluder finished a stellar prep tennis career with a third appearance in the NCHSAA Class 3-A Boys Tennis Championships, while maintaining a class rank of third in his class at Tuscola High School.
In spite of a first round defeat at the state tournament, Sluder recorded the best tennis statistics in 20 years at Tuscola.
He was the Mountaineers’ No. 2 seed his freshman year and the program’s top seed his final three seasons, amassing a regular season singles record of 77-11.
During his four years at Tuscola, he was named All-Conference, All-Region, WNC Player of the Year (sophomore year) and THS’s Most Valuable Player three times.
He credits Richard Dowling for teaching him during middle school and giving him the foundation to improve his skills.
“His success on the court coupled with his success in the classroom make him the model student-athlete,” said Tuscola Head Coach Bill Covin. “He fulfilled his team captain responsibilities admirably and was a great role model for the team.”
Isaac is all smiles these days as the recipient of academic scholarships to pursue Biology/Pre-Med at UNC Charlotte.
“Tennis is a great stress reliever and has helped teach me to stay calm when my back is against the wall,” he said.