Barstow High School sophomore Fletcher Scott can recall the final point of his high school tennis season with relative ease — a strong serve, a big forehand and a fitting celebration.
The sequence is etched in his memory, and with good reason. It signaled the completion of a path toward redemption that he started more than year ago.
As a freshman, Scott had hoped to win the Missouri Class 1 state tournament, but that desire was washed away with a first-round exit.
Offered another chance last month, he rolled through the same Missouri state tournament without dropping a set and defeated teammate Bradley Frye in the championship match.
Scott is The Star’s All-Metro boys tennis player of the year.
“I have to admit, I wanted to win state to redeem myself from last year’s disappointing results,” Scott said., then adding: “Winning state brought about feelings of closure and recognition that all of the hard training my team and I had done paid off.”
Scott finished 30-2 for the season and he was certainly battle-tested against the Kansas City area’s top competition. But his stiffest test came from his own teammate. Frye was responsible for one of the two losses when he upended Scott in three sets in the district championship match.
Scott returned the favor in the state final.
“Playing Bradley in the finals was pretty cool and bittersweet at the same time,” Scott said. “Being teammates, it was a good feeling knowing we had represented Barstow well. Bradley’s a good friend and a great player, but I have to admit (that) I’m glad I came out on top.”
The Star’s All-Metro boys tennis team
Bradley Frye, Barstow, freshman. The five-star recruit finished as runner-up in the Missouri Class 1 state tournament to his teammate, Fletcher Scott. He was 23-3 and defeated last season’s state champion en route to his second-place finish at the state tournament.
Max Kurzban, Blue Valley West, sophomore. The Kansas Class 5A singles champion’s four losses all came against players who finished in the top two of their respective state tournaments. He also won the Emporia, Arkansas City and Goddard tournaments to finish with a 31-4 record.
Jack Santilli, Shawnee Mission East, junior. The Sunflower League champion placed second in the Kansas Class 6A state tournament after an injury retirement in the championship match. He finished the season with a 26-3 record, and all three of his losses came to eventual state champions in Kansas or Missouri.
Fletcher Scott, Barstow, sophomore. Despite playing one of the Kansas City area’s toughest schedules, Scott was 30-2 this season, and he lost to only one Kansas City area player — teammate Bradley Frye. He avenged that loss when he defeated Frye in the Missouri Class 1 state championship match.
Blue Valley Northwest (Brett White, senior, and Jonathan Lowe, junior). White and Lowe led the Huskies to Eastern Kansas League, regional and Kansas Class 6A state championships with championships in all three events. They finished the season with a 25-5 record, and it was White’s second consecutive doubles state title.
Rockhurst (Jack Evans, senior, and Joseph O’Connor, senior). While they fell short of repeating as the Missouri Class 2 state champions — instead settling for third place — they finished with a 25-4 record. They won the Tournament of Champions in St. Louis and the Blue Valley Northwest Tournament on the Plaza tennis courts.