A year ago at this time Tessa Hill was not playing tennis because of a stress fracture in her lower back.
Now, she is a Division I state qualifier in her sophomore year at Jackson.
“It is a really great feeling,” Hill said. “It is a huge surprise. A year ago I wasn’t really sure if I would ever be back. I am real thankful to be back playing.
“[My back] bothers me sometimes, but I am healed. I have good times and bad times with it. I think that my fitness is a big strength.”
Hill, 15, has a 25-5 record this season.
“Tessa has had an outstanding year,” Jackson coach Keith Kohmann said. “She was Federal League Player of the Year. She won the Federal League tournament first singles title and won our sectional. She has been on a gradual climb all year, and has been playing amazing tennis for the past month.”
Hoover sends four players to state
North Canton Hoover coach Ryan Shaffer was named the Federal League Coach of the Year. The Vikings qualified two doubles units to the Division I state tournament — senior Lauren Daugherty and Alivia Arnold and juniors Natalie Bourlas and Nicolette Bourlas.