Reece King, Spencer King and Thomas Nguyen are just your typical students at Woden High School. They are also history makers. The three are just two weeks awasy from playing for a state tennis title.
Woden is known for sports but Tennis is not one of them. The school has just two simple tennis courts that could probably use a resurfacing. The students don't complain they just play.
"I think there are some people in our own school that don't know we have a team," Reece King said. "When we go places, most people don't think we have tennis.When they hear we are from Woden they are like,'Oh where is that?' We are like, 'I don't know. It is a very small town.'"
The team is coached by Cody Henry. Henry was hired at the school over the summer to come in and be the assistant basketball coach. When he was interviewed he wa also presented with another job.
"They asked if I could do it," Henry said. "It was a job that was presented to me so I took it. I was a little surprised because when I first saw the court I didn't think we had a tennis team. I can't lie about that."
Henry's opinion would quickly change.
"As soon as I got out here and saw the guys I was pretty pumped up. They are a good group."
The King brothers were the only two player in the school's history to make it to the second round of regionals. That small step last year motivated them to make it all the way to state this year. With Spencer being a senior, this is it for the pair.
"It is a pretty big honor being the first to qualify from Woden because that has never happened before," Reece King said.
The two do share a bond.
"We are brothers so we can read each other," Spencer King said. "Sometimes we can get pretty frustrated at each other but we try to motivate each other. "
They are joined on their quest for state by Nguyen who is consider done of the best in the region at the 2A level. Nguyen is new to the school so everything is a first for him.
"It is a lot of fun," Nguyen said. "It is good competition at state and I will try to win every match."
Henry knows they have already made history but he believes the three are going to set the bar for what is expected of Woden tennis in the future.
"They are very good kids," Henry said. You don't have to worry about what they are doing. When you go down somewhere and it is time to play they jump right end. They aren't afraid of anybody or any competition."
The state tennis tournament will begin on May 17 from the campus of Texas A&M University.
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