20 Questions for the Class of 2020 — Kyler Patton, Tioga, Tennis
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: Graduating with Associates Degree next spring from Navarro College.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: I always have to wear my black wristband on my left wrist and pray before each tournament/match.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Any song by 21 Savage or Young Dolph.
Favorite subject/class: Health.
Favorite teacher and why: I love all of my teachers but Dr. Wood would probably be my favorite because she is funny and makes class enjoyable.
Favorite coach and why: My father, Coach Patton, because he has taught me and pushed me through these last two years I have been in Tioga and it has been very enjoyable with him coaching me.
Best teammate and why: Reagan Mejia. Not only is he my best friend but he is always there for me and will push me to better myself in whatever it may be.
Best high school sports memory: In tennis, when me and my doubles partner Reagan Mejia got second in district play and advanced to regionals.
Best high school non-sports memory: Being a part of Tioga’s first ever PALS Program.
What you love about your sport: I love that I can go out and compete and have fun as well with my best friend with me while doing it. It is fun to see me and my teammate succeed together.
Favorite sports movie and why: “The Blind Side” because it has so many life lessons throughout and is a great sports movie.
Describe the Tioga Class of 2020: Different.
Biggest lesson learned: Control what you can control.
Biggest influence in your life: My two grandfathers.
Athlete you look up to: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs TE.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: Frustrating because I feel that me and my doubles partner had a good chance of winning district this year.
Message to your teammates: Enjoy high school while it lasts.
Message to your freshman self: DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED.
Thing you won’t miss at all: The class presentations.
Thing you will miss the most: All of the memories we were able to make while in high school.