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FMB AOTW: BA's Son shining for Gator tennis
Scott leading SCHS girls' track
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Paul Son, a Sophomore for Bulloch Academy, is a perfect 8-0 this season for the Bulloch Academy tennis team. - photo by Staff

When thinking of a star tennis player, the image that comes to mind is average height and build with a exceptional backhand.  
    But Bulloch Academy’s number one singles player Paul Son makes one think of a basketball power forward or a linebacker on a football team. The 6-5, 230-pound sophomore is a perfect 8-0 on the court.
     “Tennis is competitive and that why I enjoy playing,” said the Korean-American. “It’s a challenge.”  
    The sport of kings also helps prepare him for the other sports that he participates in.
    “Tennis allows you to be mentally and physically tough,” said Son, who also plays basketball, football and track. “It helps prepare you physically for other sports.”  
    He has been mentored and coached by BA tennis coach and Forest Heights Country Club pro Joe Blankenbaker for his entire career.
    “I think he has not reached his potential as a tennis player,” said the legendary Blankenbaker. “He can only improve. He is a big hitter, has a big serve, is strong on both sides (forehand and backhand) and is learning to be more aggressive. He has a great work ethic, is very coachable and is just a great kid.”
    “Coach Joe has taught me many aspects of the game,” said Son. “He has made me the player I am today.  Hopefully, I can return the favor to him and win him a state championship.”

  Stephanie Scott

    Stephanie Scott has always been a winner, whether it be on the basketball court or out on the track.
    This year has been no exception. Scott has finished in first place nine time in individual events and been a part of seven first-place relay team finishes.
    His dedication to make her senior year a memorable one has made her a team leader.
    “Stephanie — the leadership she provides is the most important thing, said SC’s first-year coach John McAfee. “The other girls I think look to her for her leadership and she does a great job of providing that.”
    Scott participates in the triple jump, 200-meter, 400-meter and both the 400 and 1600m relay. She isn’t quite sure why the 400m event is her favorite, but she is sure about her goal for this season.
    “I wanna win region and go back to state,” she said. “I’ve been to state all four years.”
    Scott runs the 200 in about 25 seconds and the 400 at around a minute flat. In 2007, she was the high point winner at the Region 3-AA meet.
    “We have one goal for Stephanie and that;s for her to do her best — she does that every time out,” added McAfee.
    Screven hosts a meet today at 4 p.m.