Cole Borden kept the ball in play.
That frustrated the Brownstown Central High School sophomore’s opponents during this fall’s boys tennis season. But that didn’t matter to coach Ron Slaton. As long as Borden was doing what he had to do to help his team win, Slaton was happy.
Borden played No. 2 singles for a majority of the season, but he stepped into the No. 1 spot for a few matches when Chaz Schneider was out with an injury. Overall, Borden had a 15-5 record.
Slaton recognized everything Borden did for the Braves throughout the season, and Thursday night during the team’s awards program in the BCHS library he showed that by presenting Borden with the 2012 most valuable player award.
“Not only did he surprise me playing No. 2, and not only did he surprise me playing No. 1 and winning some, he
continued to get out there and drive (opponent’s) crazy,” Slaton said.
Slaton presented two other plaques. Senior Chris Allman earned the most improved award, and the team’s only junior, Schneider, received the mental attitude award.
Allman held down the No. 3 singles position for a majority of the season, and he finished 16-5.
“A lot of people really improved. A lot of people got better,” Slaton said. “(Allman) goes from 13-1 in exhibition (last year as a junior), and he lost 65 pounds because he wanted to come back and play.”
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