Playing No. 1 singles, Paradise led the Zephyrs’ tennis team to the Class 2A, Section 4 championship and won the section singles title.
Mahtomedi is a young team. How do you see your future? Well, we’re a really good team right now. The future is way ahead of us. We have four eighth-graders on the team who will be here for five years and there are some sixth-graders coming up who are going to be good, too.
Your team lost in the state quarterfinals to Prior Lake. How do you take the next step? A lot of practice. I don’t feel like I personally played very well [against the Lakers], but this is a good learning experience for us.
Talk about the state tournament environment. There was a lot more people than there are for regular-season matches. I noticed that right away. It’s really fun, but a little more than I expected.
Paradise is a well-known athletic name on the east side of the metro. What’s that like? Athletics are huge in our family. Hockey is our main sport. I guess bringing tennis into the family is a little different and unusual.
Are you the first tennis player in the family? My dad played and he made it to state in doubles a couple of times.
How did you get started? When I was 7 years old, my mom signed me up for everything. Once I picked up a tennis racquet, though, that was it for me.
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner||1|
|Colorado - WP: F. Morales||3||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||1|
|St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright||8||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: T. Jordan||0|
|Milwaukee - LP: R. Wooten||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: E. Volquez||11|
|NY Yankees - WP: C. Sabathia||10||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price||2|
|Toronto - LP: S. Santos||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: C. Fien||9|
|Boston - WP: J. Lester||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: R. Belisario||1|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Shields||5||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: S. Feldman||1|
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