Freeport’s Derek Rasheed 4th in state, No. 6 greatest tennis player

The NIC-10’s greatest tennis rivalry didn’t really begin until Freeport’s Derek Rasheed upset Guilford’s Kevin Park for the 1994 sectional title when both were sophomores.

“I didn’t play a lot of USTA tournaments before high school and wasn’t very good, while Kevin played a lot of USTA tournaments and had a high ranking from a young age,” said Rasheed, now a doctor in Portland, Oregon. “He beat me solidly when we were freshmen. That opened my eyes and made me realize my game had significant holes that needed to be filled.

“When I beat him my sophomore year at sectionals, it was my first win over a player of his caliber and gave me confidence I could compete at that level.”

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