Two Auburn high school athletes are hoping to cap off their high school athletic careers in a big way this weekend. One on the tennis court, the other on the track.
Senior Quentin Nevenhoven will be going to the State Tennis Tournament for the fourth straight year. His best finish was 8th place two years ago. Nevenhoven should be seeded in the top four this year. He’s coming off a dominant performance at the Sectional Touranment last week. In four matches he lost only two games total.
“I’m feeling really good,” says Nevenhoven. “Obviously I’m a little nervous, but physically I’m doing really well.” “It’s my senior year. I just want to put it all out there and do the best I can.”
And he’ll perhaps erase the memory of last year when he had to withdraw midway through the tournament due to heat exhaustion.
Nevenhoven has a strong serve and he’s a good volley player, so what has he added to his game that’s made him an even bigger threat?
“I wouldn’t say there’s any shot particularly that I’ve added, but it’s more patience. I can wait out more. I can wait for my opportunties.”
The Auburn student hoping to finish strong on the track is senior Syreal Holland. He’s the NIC-10 champion in the 100 meter dash and the 200 hundred. He also won both events last Friday at the Sectional Meet.
What is is that motivates him every time he steps onto the track?
“Just support from everybody. They really motivate me. My coach he pushed me really hard to get me where I’m at today.
“Syreal has really worked hard,” says Auburn head coach Kevin Anderson. “We set goals at the beginning of the season for him and what he wanted to achieve and we told him, ‘Hey in order to achieve it he had to put in some extra work. He put in that extra work and done everything I’ve asked him to do.”
Holland’s sprinting form is as smooth as it gets. There’s no wasted energy. He says feels most comfortable on the track.
“It gets my mind off everything,” says Holland. “A lot of stuff I go through I hold everything in, but I feel like when I get on the track I don’t think about nothing. Just the whole 100 meters, just finish the race.”