NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

May 2, 2014

Port's Kirkpatrick remains unbeaten

NEWBURYPORT — A one-sport athlete, Newburyport tennis’ senior captain Chris Kirkpatrick focuses on tennis year round, and it shows. After losing just once his junior year, he has yet to be defeated midway through his senior season.

A stellar tennis player, Kirkpatrick has also benefitted his team by exhibiting strong leadership. While vast talent oftentimes creates poor leadership, Kirkpatrick’s abilities on the court have only strengthened his skills as a captain.

“He comes to every practice,” Gilman said. “He always has a good attitude and is more than willing to help everyone else improve. When you have guys that good, they don’t always want to practice with the team and want to do their own thing. Chris is never like that. He brings everything to the team that he can.”

Though his team has struggled and is just 1-5, Kirkpatrick is a perfect 6-0 with seven matches remaining in the regular season. It’s an accomplishment that has his coach both thinking and expecting awards for his senior captain.

“He’s definitely the best tennis player in our league,” Newburyport head coach Courtney Gilman said. “He’s definitely going to win the CAL and will be seeded in the state individual tournament, where I hope he can go a long way.”

Along with a possible state title run, Kirkpatrick is eying an award that many feel he earned last year. With just one loss, he beat many of the CAL’s best athletes but fell short of winning Player of the Year honors, something Gilman believes to be due to several reasons.

“His one loss was against someone who he wouldn’t be competing against for the award,” Gilman said. “He beat the best kids and lost one close match, but it’s more that he wasn’t a senior. It’s not suppopsed to be a senior award, but some of the guys that vote feel that it’s more of an all-around thing. They want a good captain, good athlete, good kid and usually a senior. This year, he fits the bill.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Steelers feeling a sense of urgency in camp 5 things I think I think about the Atlanta Falcons Paul Breitner: We're sure Julian Green will be a great player for Bayern Reaction to Ray Rice's comments How the MLB Trade Deadline Will Affect the Postseason Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout - @TheBuzzeronFOX Dombrowski on bringing David Price to Detroit Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX
Special Features