Height: 5′ 11″
Hometown: Mount Sidney, VA
Scott had an unbelievable high school tennis record. In singles, he began his senior year with a 43-3 record and had not lost a match since he was a freshman. He kept that record intact throughout his senior year, ending up with a 47 match winning streak. In doubles, he and Jim were Valley District Champions for three consecutive seasons. On any other team in the Valley or surrounding areas, Scott would be the No. 1 player and a foe that his opponents would dread to play. By playing #2 all four years in high school, he has been an automatic win for FDHS. He has played #1 doubles all four years at FDHS with Jim. In order to strengthen both doubles teams, in 2002 in some matches he continued to play with Jim but in a few others teamed with Chad at #2 doubles.
Scott’s memories of playing on the FDHS team in prior years include many, many victories including the District Doubles Championship in 2000 and 2001. But he also remembers the food and watching Doug May get flattened at Harrisonburg after Tim Wade told him to stay at the net. Tim hit a “setter” against the HHS opponent and Doug got pegged. He also remembers Matt Wade’s racquet flying out of his hand like a helicopter during the 1999 district match against Spotswood.
Scott’s freshman year included some epic battles with Mike Barsteika of Spotswood and Matt Chenault of Harrisonburg. Scott and Barsteika squared off three times during the season with Mike winning the first two but Scott avenged those losses with a thrilling three set victory in the Valley District team semifinals. This win also began the winning streak for Scott which lasted throughout his entire sophomore and junior years and continues on during his senior year. In addition to having a 12-3 record in singles and a 8-7 record in doubles, Scott won the Indian Award in 1999, quite an accomplishment for a freshman.
In his sophomore year, Scott had a 16-0 singles season including an exciting win over Handley’s Mocarski in Regional play. During the season, Scott blew through his opponents with only one close match, a 10-8 victory over Ryan Rutz of Central. In doubles, he and Jim won the Valley District Doubles Championship with a tight 11-9 win over Harrisonburg’s Chenault and Edelman in the tournament finals. They had lost to the Harrisonburg duo twice earlier in the season. In the Regional Tournament, they reached the finals before dropping a highly contested match to Stillwagon and Mocarski of Handley. He shared the Indian Award with Jim in 2000.
In his junior year, he again went undefeated, 15-0, dominating most opponents. His only close match of the season was a three set victory over Mark Belmont of Potomac Falls in Regional team play. After they had struggled somewhat with doubles during their freshman year, learned a good bit their sophomore year, by the time their junior year rolled around he and Jim were the kings of the hill. They won 18 consecutive doubles matches and breezed through the Valley District Doubles Championship before losing to eventual state champions Stillwagon and Hicks from Handley in the Regionals. Like 2000, he shared the Indian Award with Jim in 2001.
Scott finished his senior year with an unbelievable 47 match victory streak.. His last win was an emotional 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 win over Handley’s Ethan Hicks. He played great all season but was exceptional in the Handley match. He also had good memories of beating “Curly” from St. Anne’s-Belfield. Both matches were close matches in which Scott’s tenacious concentration coupled with a great serve and ground strokes pulled him through. In doubles, Scott and Jim had no peers in the Valley District again. They won their third consecutive Valley District Doubles Championship and advanced to the Region II semifinals before suffering their only loss of the season to the defending state champions from Handley, Stillwagon and Hicks, 6-4, 7-5. For his career, Scott finished with a 58-3 record in singles, all at #2, and a 53-13 record in doubles.
From this season, Scott has some fun memories of seeing Jim get pegged in the groin by Hunter Dawkins and Bobby stuffing pizza in napkins at Cici’s.
This summer, Scott will be doing a medical internship in Houston, Texas. He will be celebrating his grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary at a Tennis/Golf club in Charleston SC. And he will be trying hard to find competition to prepare for playing tennis at Taylor University.
There are many reasons why he is so unbeatable: Scott is one of the fastest players ever to walk onto the FDHS courts. He has extremely quick legs and hands, making it nearly impossible to get a ball past him. His open stance forehand is lethal, blasting cross court and inside-out topspins past his disbelieving opponents. His serve and backhand are both strong, but perhaps his best weapon is his intense mental concentration. Scott’s athleticism, including four years on the FDHS basketball team, helps him persevere on those rare occasions when the match is close.
Scott will be playing tennis at Taylor University in Indiana for the next four years, where he plans to major in Biology/Pre-Med.