Harlingen South’s Gonzalez talks about being up for sports award, state tennis tourney

For four years, Harlingen South’s Jeremiah Gonzalez has made a name for himself as one of the Valley’s best tennis players.

As a freshman in 2013, Gonzalez qualified for the UIL state tennis tournament in Austin as part of a doubles squad. A year later, he returned to Austin as part of a mixed doubles team and last year, as a junior, Gonzalez once again made it to state, this time as an individual qualifier.

Today, Gonzalez returns for his final time at state and his quest for state gold begins at 8 a.m. when he takes on Nick Ryniak of Southlake Carroll in a Class 6A singles quarterfinals match.

Regardless of what transpires in Austin, Gonzalez had an outstanding season, including winning the District 32-6A title as well as the Region IV-6A championship.

For his efforts, Gonzalez is one of three Valley tennis players up for the Boys Tennis Player of the Year award, which will be presented at the 2016 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet on June 14 in McAllen.

In addition to Gonzalez, Sebastian Arizola of Sharyland and Jack Wang of McAllen High, who Gonzalez beat in the Region IV-6A finals, are up for the award.

Gonzalez sat down with the Valley Morning Star recently to talk about his nomination as well as discuss his past, present and future.

Q: How does it feel being nominated for the Boys Tennis Player of the Year award?

A: I feel extremely honored to be nominated for this award. I feel it’s a very prestigious award and I’m glad to be one of the few athletes that were nominated.

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