Keith Barnes profiles Canon-McMillan tennis player Chris Gladden.
(Photo: Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden returns a ball against Latrobe's Chad Kissell in the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship at The Club in Monroeville. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)
"Canon-McMillan junior Chris Gladden discovered an interesting way to prepare for the PIAA Class AAA singles finals.
He's decided to consort with the enemy.
Because of the fact the two-day state finals are slated to open today at the Hershey Racquet Club and that the Big Macs failed to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament, Gladden has been on a competitive hiatus for nearly a month. To that end, he sought out the person who beat him in the WPIAL singles finals at The Club in Monroeville, Greater Latrobe senior Chad Kissell, and the two met for a few practice rounds.
"This has been a time where there really haven't been any big tournaments, so I've been mainly practicing every single day," Gladden said. "It's awesome playing against him because it's like having one of the best practices you can have. We live far apart, so it's really hard for us to play each other, but if you can get one day to meet and play, it's really awesome and it's really good.""