Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carson Haskins Is the Greatest Tennis Player in Parkway South History

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carson Haskins Is the Greatest Tennis Player in Parkway South History

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SPRINGFIELD, MO. - It was the perfect ending to what arguably was the greatest career of any Missouri high school boys tennis player.

Parkway South senior Carson Haskins was at the net after smashing an overhead that cleared two fences at Cooper Tennis Complex in the Class 2 singles championship match. While a fan jumped the fence to retrieve the historic ball, Haskins took some time for himself at the net before he posed for numerous photos with family and friends.

Haskins defeated Staley senior Carson Gates for the third consecutive year, this time by a 6-1 6-4 score.

The singles title was the fourth in a row for Haskins. That had not happened in 30 years, when Clayton's Michael Johnston won four in the 1980s

But Haskins was more dominant than any other player in history, not only winning all 94 singles matches he played but doing so without losing a set.

"I am relieved," Haskins said. "I barely got any sleep overnight. In my first match today (a 6-1, 6-0 victory over previously undefeated Garret Lewis of Joplin), I was not moving my feet well. I thought I played a pretty good first set against Carson, but he makes you play for every point and I had to earn it.

"I don't think I could have pictured a better match point. I will never forget that moment."

Neither will Patriots coach Nick Tanurchis.

"This is something we have never seen before and I don't know if you will ever see it again," Tanurchis said of Haskins' career. "(Current professional star) Jack Sock was 80-0, but he did lose a set."

In any other era, it might have been Gates celebrating a third state championship. Gates will be attending Michigan State, where he may see Haskins again since Haskins is going Indiana University. …

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