With the spring sports season cancelled by the UIL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Herald Democrat is putting a spotlight on the seniors who had their high school careers abruptly come to an end.
College plans: Double majoring in Political Science and English at Austin College to pursue a career in law.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Telling the Chick-fil-A cashier that my name was Rodney Pilcher after every away match.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Coach’s favorites are Drake, Kanye and Justin Bieber.
Favorite subject/class: Leadership.
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Shearer. Coolest man alive and a great air drummer. Also good at teaching history.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Pilcher. He’s put up with me for the past four years and that in itself is no easy task. Thanks for giving me a shot and always pushing me to better myself as a player and a person.
Best teammate and why: Cade Cole. Cade and I actually weren’t too fond of each other when our high school tennis careers began. But we’ve been through everything together over the past four years. On the court or off of it, I know he’ll always have my back.
Best high school sports memory: Storming the tennis court after securing our fifth win in a row against Denison.
Best high school non-sports memory: Serving as the Student Chair for the 2019 Grayson County Special Olympics Dance.
What you love about your sport: I love how tight-knit our team is every year. Tennis has given me the opportunity to build relationships with some incredible people and I’ll always be grateful for that.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Napoleon Dynamite.” A brilliant piece of sports cinema about a young tetherball prodigy in Southern Idaho.
Describe the Sherman Class of 2020: Literally too cool for school.
Biggest lesson learned: Throwing things at the driver of a suburban is hardly ever a good idea.
Biggest influence in your life: My dad, Todd Estes.
Athlete you look up to: Ethan Bedgood.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was obviously disappointed to hear that our season was cut short. I’m sure every athlete would say the same. But in the end, this crisis is something bigger than me, and as long as my family and loved ones are healthy, I don’t have much to complain about.
Message to your teammates: Thank y’all for being a second family to me!! Keep ripping winners for Pilch.
Message to your freshman self: Talk less Nick, you’re not as funny as you think you are.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Playing Allen.
Thing you will miss the most: Playing Denison.