5-24 State Tennis
Chelan senior Tyson McGuffin defended his State Tennis Championship by winning the State Title again in Yakima on Saturday, May 24. (File Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)
McGuffin sails through state tennis challengers
By Richard Uhlhorn
On Saturday, Tyson McGuffin, Chelan’s only representative at the State Tennis Championships in Yakima, defended his state title by defeating Overlake’s Keith Wilkes 6-0, 6-0.
McGuffin got to the championship match by winning his semi agains Sam Finkleman of Charles Wright 6-1, 6-1. “We thought this was going to be the match of the tournament,” said a proud mother, Cheryl McGuffin. “During the warm-ups they were hitting the ball hard, but when the match started, Tyson just took him out of his game.”
In a telephone interview, Tyson said, “I just had a good start and after winning the first three games he got down on himself.” Which Tyson took advantage of.
Coach Marty Rothlisberger reports that Tyson has not lost a high school match since April of his Freshman year. “He is 41-0 in his junior and senior years,” said Rothlisberger at the Spring Sports Banquet on Tuesday, May 27.
Tyson’s impressive high school tennis resume’ is here::
- Sixth in State his Freshman year
- Second in State his Sophomore year which was his first of three consecutive final appearances.
- First in State his Junior and Senior seasons
- Combined 41-0 record during his junior and senior years.
“Tyson only lost four games during his four state tournament matches in 2008 which is pretty impressive since his opponents couldn’t collectively win enough games to equal a set win,’ states Rothlisberger. “Tyson had not lost a regular season league match since April of his Freshman year.”
McGuffin will take his tennis resume to Scottsdale Community College in the fall where he will join the second best tennis squad in the country for community colleges. “I plan on attending a four year college after two years in Scottsdale,” said McGuffin. He is moving in a career path to become a tennis pro (much like a golf pro) where he will teach and run the business said of a tennis club.