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Guilford’s Kevin Park 2nd at state, wins 4 NIC-10 tennis titles

Kevin Park is the only four-time singles champ in NIC-10 boys tennis history.

The former Guilford star was seeded No. 7, No. 5 and No. 1 in his last three years at state.

But he only earned a top-six state medal once, in large part because he never played in the back-draw at state after winning four consolation matches there his freshman season.

His sophomore year, Park pulled a hamstring muscle on the final point in his sectional upset loss to his great rival Derek Rasheed of Freeport. He favored that left leg so much in his first three matches at state the next week — skipping physical therapy to play — that he wound up pulling a calf muscle in his right leg in the quarterfinals the next day and retired while trailing 5-3 in the first set. He then defaulted in the back draw, surrendering a chance to finish fifth.