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Boys Tennis Athlete Of The Season: Cole Hunt
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) We've been in the hunt to find a boys tennis player to become our Athlete of the Season and we think we found him at Canyon Ridge High School.
Meet the 4A State Singles Champion, Cole Hunt.
"It was great to be able to accomplish the goal that I've been looking forward to since I was little, all the hours hitting with family, the coaches and my brother Dallas, it's all paid off now and I'm really thankful for that," explains Hunt.
What Cole Hunt achieved as a sophomore, most athletes can't accomplish during their high school career, winning a state championship.
Hunt beat Elliot Kline of Bishop Kelly at the 4A State Final. He also won districts, only losing a single game in four matches and recorded a 24-1 season.
Canyon Ridge Coach Tiffany Moilan says, "he earned a lot of points for us here during state, helped us get a third place finish on the boys side, as well as giving us a little more depth on the team on the boys side."
His coach, Tiffany Moilan, a two–time All–American at USC earned a wild card spot on the 1999 US Open.
An asset for Hunt, if he wants to continue his game at the next level.
As Hunt says, "she's helped me with my entire game and life, and I'm only as good as the support system around me so I've really loved my coach and my family for helping me."
Hunt left Twin Falls High School after his freshman year where he played doubles.
"Twin had an awesome program and I enjoyed playing doubles for the year because it helped me to develop my net game so that was a good experience," adds Hunt.
Now with two years left as a Riverhawk, he has his sights on state domination.
"I'd like to defend my title 2 more years and hopefully move onto to the college experience, D-I would be nice."
Tennis is a family affair. Cole's brother Dallas Hunt placed second at state twice in singles and is now serving a mission in Argentina.