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By BO BLACK
T-R Associate Editor
FAYETTE - Dakota Harris has helped build a foundation for the Fayette County
boys tennis team from the
ground up. The team was started three years ago and Harris has helped the team reach the state
tournament each year. In 2012, the team finished third. This past year, Fayette was fifth.
The senior recently signed a tennis scholarship with
Gadsden State Community College.
“They have a really nice campus and I really like the coach. Buster Stewart, he’s a really nice guy,” Harris
“I’m really excited to
graduate (high school) and play some tennis and get out in the college world.”
Harris will begin in the fall at Gadsden State and plans to major in marketing.
He said the team begins play
in late August. Fayette County
tennis coach Stephen Fulmer said Harris had multiple
college opportunities with tennis.
“We knew Dakota would be able to play at the college level if he desired to do so
and were very happy
Gadsden State offered and Dakota
accepted a scholarship to play for them,” Fulmer said. “He will be a great asset to Gadsden State both on
and off the court.” Harris’ interest in tennis came when his sister Madison played.
“I started when I was about in the seventh grade and just stuck with it ever
since,” he said. Harris was the
Fayette County’s top seed and team captain for three years.
“He always displays great sportsmanship at every practice, every rankings match
and every tournament,”
the coach said. Fulmer said Harris has mastered the mental side of the game just as much as the physical.
“Dakota has a great mindset for tennis,” Fulmer said. “He doesn't get too high when he makes a great shot
or wins a big game and even more importantly he doesn't let a bad shot or game get him down. He plays well
under pressure and is very level headed.”
Teammate and soon-to-be senior Gene Fulmer said
Harris had a great influence. “Dakota was a great leader on our team,” he said. “He was a great influence on
us and helped us get where we were. I hope he has a fun time in college.”
Harris is the son of Randy and Kellie Harris. He has two older sisters, Aspen and
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