School: Wyoming Seminary
Sport: Boys Tennis
Position: No. 1 Singles
All in the Family: Chris is the son of Eugene and Gisele Kim of Dallas. He has two brothers, twins Michael and Andrew, who are freshmen at Wyoming Seminary and, like Chris, are in the starting lineups for the Blue Knights tennis and boys soccer teams.
Statistically Speaking: Kim charged out of the gates with a pair of straight-set victories against Crestwood and then Berwick. He served notice that the Blue Knights don’t intend to drop off from their Wyoming Valley Conference championship season of a year ago, as both he and the Sem team opened the season by going 2-0. Kim surrendered a total of just six games while suffocating his opponents in two matches during the week.
Acing the Opener: Kim, a District 2 quarterfinalist in singles play last season who also reached the district semifinals in doubles competition, took his game up another level to start his final high school season. He opened with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Crestwood, then was nearly as dominating during his 6-2, 6-4 victory against Berwick. Kim, who is being recruited to play tennis by Division I colleges, showed extra pep in his step and the tremendous versatility he’s become known for on the court as he appeared to be in midseason form in the season’s early going. That’s because Kim spent Sem’s spring break working on his game with a couple of long-time personal coaches in Palm Harbor, Fla. And when he returned, he was unaffected by jumping from the No. 2 position on the team he held through most of his junior season to the top spot in Sem’s lineup.
Coach’s Corner: “He’s playing really well,” Wyoming Seminary coach Allison Joanlanne said. “He’s looking forward to his last year. Chris plays year ‘round, so he’s always working on his game. I would say he’s improved on his footwork. He’s a little faster now. He kind of has an all-around game which is really good — he can stay at the baseline, come to the net and be aggressive. He looks forward to having a really good season.”
Did you know? Kim, who was born in Albany, N.Y. and then lived in Bethlehem for three years before moving to the Wyoming Valley, is a big Philadelphia sports fan. He doesn’t follow the Phillies as much as he once did, but is over the top about his Flyers and Eagles. “I kind of grew up with it, since my dad grew up in Quakertown,” Kim said. “I’m a really huge Philly sports fan, especially the Flyers. I’ve only been to two or three games, but I’m going to see them next Sunday against the Boston Bruins. I’m a really big Eagles fan. I guess I was kind of born into it.”
From his angle: “I did a little bit of work with conditioning (in Florida),” Kim said. “I have two great coaches down there. They helped me a lot, with not only my strokes, but the mental aspect of my game. I definitely wouldn’t say I feel any pressure at all. I’m just trying to do the best I can. It is an honor to play for my school, that has had such a strong tennis program.”
Week in Review: A strong start by the Meyers boys basketball team eventually faded into a 55-44 loss to Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals, but that didn’t stop Tyriek Steward from putting on a show. The Mohawks senior finished his career with an 18-point performance in that state semifinal game, and his four — count them, four! — impressive blocked shots in the first half had Meyers locked in a halftime tie and had Constitution players looking over their shoulders for the rest of the night. …
While Archbishop Wood was on its way to another girls basketball championship game, everyone was looking at Holy Redeemer star Alexis Lewis. And they couldn’t stop talking about her, either, after Lewis wowed the crowd at Parkland High School with a game-high 32 points and 15 rebounds in a PIAA Class 3A semifinal showdown with Wood. …
A handful of boys tennis players put the wood to the season’s opening week, starting with Pittston Area’s Trent Woodruff. He sparked a Patriots season-opening victory over Crestwood with a 6-1, 6-0 win in the top singles match. Wyoming Valley West’s Pat Antall had to work a little harder for his straight set victory at No. 1 singles, as he fought for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 decision against Wyoming Area. And Dallas’ No. 1 singles player Steve Wempa gritted out a 6-3, 7-5 win against Wyoming Area. Sem’s No. 2 singles player, Matt Cartright, barely broke a sweat while polishing off a pair of straight set victories — 6-0, 6-2 against Crestwood and a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Berwick.