Athlete of the Week: Isaiah Mayerchak
That’s what Princeton High School tennis standout Isaiah Mayerchak has been this year.
He is undefeated against all his conference and nonconference opponents and was crowned conference champion last Saturday at Foley after defeating all his opponents in the Granite Ridge Conference meet.
Isaiah says he picked up the game from his father, who played tennis in both high school and college and has passed along a love of the game to his three children.
Mayerchak has been playing tennis since he was about eight years old. He played in his first tournament when he was 12.
Now, at age 16, the Princeton High School junior is the winningest boys tennis player in school history with more than 60 wins under his belt.
Last year he advanced to the Minnesota State High School state tennis championship at the University of Minnesota.
He has been ranked among the top five tennis players for his age group in a four-state area that includes Minnesota, the two Dakotas and the upper half of Wisconsin. He travels the country competing in tournaments hosted by the United States Tennis Association.
Isaiah joined the Princeton High School tennis team as a seventh grader. He couldn’t compete in the section tournament that year after suffering a leg injury that kept him from the game. He hasn’t missed a section tourney since. As an eighth grader he finished fourth at sections and as a freshman he finished third. He took a second place a year ago as a sophomore.
His goal this year is a first-place finish and another trip to state.