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Mark Hodgin Junior Sportmanship Award

Junior players who demonstrate behavior that is considered courteous and exemplary both on and off the court. (Opinions of tournament directors and referees are important for this award.)

Anna Greer

A senior at Boiling Springs High School, Anna Greer has been the number 1 player for 3 years. Her coach says that Anna displays talent, leadership and sportsmanship both on and off of the courts.  She leads her team as captain and always is a positive role model for her teammates.
 When opponents play her, they know that they will usually lose, but she is so kind and light hearted that they don’t mind. 

When Anna steps on the court, her goal is to win or lose while having the most fun she can have, while playing the way she needs to play. She puts her heart into each and every match she plays, and doesn’t stop until the last point has been played.
Having just aged out of the Girls 16s, Anna is currently #36 in the Girls 18s in South Carolina. Last year, Anna placed 6th at the South Carolina High School State individual tournament.

An excellent student, Anna plans to major in pre-med or biology and enter medical school after college. She plans to continue her tennis career by playing collegiate tennis. 

Earle Russell

Earle has ranked in the top 30 in SC rankings since starting to play in the 10 and under division in 2009. In July of 2018, Earle won the Tennessee Clay Court Championships in singles in the 18 and under division as well as the SC Clay Courts in doubles in the 18 an division.

At Christ Church Episcopal School, Earle is undefeated in the state high school playoffs and in state finals, winning in singles as an 8th grader and 9th grader in the state finals.

But aside from his abilities as a tennis player, Earle is known for his sportsmanship.

Earle’s varsity high school coach says, “Earle always plays with sportsmanship - no matter if the opponent was superior or inferior to him…. he treats every player as a gentleman should. I oftentimes hear him congratulating his opponent’s shots during matches.” 

His club coach says, “Earle plays fair on both sides of the ball, he has a good moral compass and treats his opponents with respect and dignity, whether he wins or loses.”


Past Winners
2018 Anna Greer/Earle Russell
2017 Suzette Smit/Bryce Keim
2016 Gracie Waldron/Sam Kavarana
2015 Rebecca Spratt/Ashe Ray
2014 Elizabeth Truluck/Paul Hendrix

2013 Phillip Jordan/Emily Erickson
2012 Ben Horst/Olivia Lucas
2011 Jacob Behal/Morgan Chumney
2010 Sven Ivankovic/ Ashley Kitchen
2009 Ben Barnette/Molly O'Koniewski
2008 Wilson Daniel/Jessica Diamond
2007 Stephen Beach/Patricia Kirkland
2006 Zachary Sprouse/Catherine Roach
2005 Christopher Britt/ Amanda Malatek
2004 Christopher Loveless/ Virginia Waldron
2003 Tradd Robinson/ Tracey Cooke
2002 Moutray McLaren/ Symmes Johnson
2001 Scott Hartley/ Anne Carter Hughes
2000 Bennet Evers/ Annie Bosler
1999 John Boetsch/ Fallon Koon
1998 Bill Brehmer/ Candy Gore
1997 Will Johnson/ Jennifer Fayad
1995 Jeff Bergman/ Katie Coleman
1994 Ryan Lindsay
1993 Timothy Dargan
1992 Mary Avent
1991 Robert Martin
1990 Louise Maynard/ Heath Foster
1989 Beth Niemeyer
1988 Ashley Gaines
1987 Vernon Gettone
1996 Ashley Hawkins/ Matthew McKenzie
1985 Dave Garner
1984 Christy Faustmann