Apple Valley junior Colton Johnson Taylor is the school’s No. 1 boys’ tennis singles player. He earned that position last season and was a South Suburban all-conference selection a year ago.
Here is a closer look at Johnson Taylor:
Q: The best movie I’ve seen in the past year?
A: “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Q: Three words my friends or teammates might use to describe me?
A: Intense, perfectionist and hardworking.
Q: How did you get started in tennis?
A: My fourth-grade teacher was a tennis fanatic. He used to show us tennis matches in class. One day he showed us Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick in the Australian Open in 2007. I was mesmerized by Federer in that match and have been in love with the sport since.
Q: At my first varsity practice, I felt …
A: … like I had to prove myself. I was young and got some flak for making the team.
Q: What did you work on most before the start of this season?
A: From last season, I think what really separated me from the top guys at No. 1 singles was my serve and transition game. I really have worked to improve those for this season.
|Miami - LP: T. Koehler||5||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Scherzer||7|
|Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter||13||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||7|
|San Diego - WP: I. Kennedy||9||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: C. Heston||1|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole||0|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||1||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Williams||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Foltynewicz||7|
|Baltimore - LP: U. Jimenez||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||5|
|Arizona - WP: R. Ray||5||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: J. Lyles||1|
|Tampa Bay - WP: A. Colome||5||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Masterson||3|
|Los Angeles||3||Top 9th Inning|
|Cleveland||9||Top 8th Inning|
|Detroit||5||Top 7th Inning|
|Oakland||0||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Texas - WP: C. Lewis||11||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: S. Deduno||3|
|Chicago Cubs||6||Top 9th Inning|
|Seattle||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|LA Clippers||65||3rd Qtr|
|Los Angeles||0||1st Half 44:55|
|Real Salt Lake||0|