Football player and soccer player from Boylan form surprising State tennis combo

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The State’s best high school tennis players will be gathered together in Arlington Heights this weekend for the boys state tournament. There will also be a couple tennis players there from Boylan who aren’t exactly known for their tennis accomplisments…until now.

Senior Jack Peterson and junior Joseph Cyrs form a doubles tandem for the Titans, but Peterson never played tennis until this year. His main sport is football.  He played defensive back for a Titans team that went 10-2 last fall.

Cyrs’ primary sport is soccer. He plays rightback for the Titans. This is only his second year of playing competitive tennis.

Yet last weekend these two finished fourth in the 1A Freeport Sectional. That was good enough to advance to State.

“I am actually very surprised (at qualifying for State), said Cyrs. “I didn’t really think it would be possible. Tennis is just kind of something on the side.”


“I really hadn’t played tennis until this year so I just kind of picked it up,” said Peterson. “I didn’t have anything to do in the spring. Kind of a last thing to do at Boylan. End on a strong note.

Does Peterson ever wonder how good he might have been if he would have focused on tennis more?

“I guess so. It’s funny to look back and see if I would have played all four years wondering how it could have gone.”

Peterson likes to play up at the net hitting volley’s and overheads. Cyrs is best back on the baseline hitting lobs, but it took a while for them to develop a chemistry.

“At first it was kind of tough but as the season progressed each match that we were partners with each other each match we got better and better,” said Cyrs.

Tennis is a different animal than football and soccer are, but one thing does carry over from those field sports to the courts…both of these guys love to compete.

“I think both of us are extremely competitive so we want to win so bad, but at the same time it’s something like if we lose, if we’re not having our best day we can just kind of laugh it off because we’re doing this for fun,” says Cyrs.

They’re two guys who feel like they have nothing to lose and yet a lot to gain this weekend.

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