STORY AND PHOTOS BY ALLIE RODRIGUEZ, STAFF WRITER
A third place finish at a state tournament and and a 4.62 grade point average are two reasons why Daniel Detrick was honored recently. Detrick is a senior tennis player at Shawnee High School in Springfield, Ohio, being honored as the Penn Station Athlete of the Month for April.
“Daniel is a competitor who is always up for a challenge. His record the last 3 years has been stellar, and he strives to improve every day,” stated Steve Tincher, athletic director for Shawnee High School.
“I received third place at the Buckeye Boys’ State Tournament, out of 1,200 or more players,” stated Detrick when asked about his greatest achievement in tennis. “Tennis has given me the opportunity to interact and compete with other players in the community.”
Detrick was one of 4 section champions for the Division II district tournament in 2015 and had 22 straight wins and qualified for the District II tournament as a freshman. Detrick was on the team in 2014 and 2015 when the school won the Western Buckeye League Championship title. Shawnee High School holds 23 Western Buckeye League Championship titles overall.
Detrick is not only a standout on the tennis court, but also in school and in the local community.
He is involved in multiple extracurricular activities including the National Honor Society,
Student Council, Symphonic Choir, and the Environmental Interest Group.
Detrick’s parents are Dan and Christy Detrick, and his three siblings are Tyler, Kenzie, and Laney. Detrick credits his parents for his success. “I thank them for all of the driving around for tennis, and for everything they’ve done,” said Detrick.
Detrick also recognized his grandfather as his role model for making tennis a family tradition. Detrick’s father played tennis for Shawnee High school from 1983-86 and remained undefeated in 4 seasons of league play, while his sister, Kenzie, a 2013 graduate of Shawnee High, was a 4 time district qualifier in girls tennis.
Detrick lists Roger Federer as his sports’ role model, and the Penn Station in Springfield as his favorite restaurant, where his preferred sandwich is the Philly Cheese Steak.He remains undecided where he will attend college.
“Never have I seen such a smart well-rounded athlete. It takes a lot of time and dedication to strive like Daniel does. Daniel has a lot of great talents and is very appreciative of the Penn Station Athlete of the Month award. He as a bright future ahead of him,” stated Ryan Drake from WDHT-FM, HOT 102.9, who was a part of the award ceremony.
Every month Penn Station East Coast Subs, WDTN/Channel 2, Main Line Broadcasting Dayton/ WGTZ (Soft Rock 92.9), WDHT (HOT 102.9), and WING-AM (ESPN 1410) select an outstanding senior student athlete from a Greater Miami Valley area high school to receive this award.
To be a Penn Station Athlete of the month, the students must be nominated by peers and demonstrate excellence in athletics, academics, and good citizenship. Winners receive a Penn Station Gift Certificate for a "Party of 15", 1,500 BOGO coupons (Buy one sub, get one sub free), $150.00 check for their school, Penn Station Athlete of the Month T-shirts, trophies for both the student and the school, and will be featured in Penn Station in-store displays.
Committed to this program for the last 18 years, Penn Station has recognized more than 131 student athletes for their accomplishments in the Dayton area, and provided over $200,000 in scholarships and financial support to local schools. The Penn Station Athlete of the Month recipients will be entered as finalists for Penn Station Athlete of the Year, who will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. In addition, the school demonstrating the most school spirit during the award ceremony will be presented with a check for $2,500 for the Athletic Department.
If you know of an outstanding athlete on and off the court in the Greater Miami Valley, go to http://www.penn-station.com/dayton/nominate.php to nominate that student.
Student Athlete Daniel Detrick
Never have I seen such a smart well-rounded athlete. It takes a lot of time and dedication to strive like Daniel does.
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS