All season long Canon-McMillan senior Chris Gladden has been gearing up for this moment.
On Friday, the Marist recruit will begin his quest of finishing his high school career with a PIAA Class AAA singles title when he takes the court at Hershey Racquet Club for the state finals.
Gladden, who finished third in the 2015 state tournament, will begin his quest at 9 a.m. when he takes on Exeter senior Jonah Buczewski, the third-place finisher out of District 3. He'll then get either Andrew Lutschaunig, the No. 2 sophomore in the state, or Matt Chen of Lower Merion, the No. 7 junior, who defeated Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky, the state's No. 1 freshman, 6-1, 6-4, in the team tournament championship match last weekend.
Even if Gladden gets past those matches, he might still have Shymansky in the semifinals and the No. 3 junior in the state in Michael Dickson, last year's PIAA runner-up, in the finals. Dickson defeated Gladden, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals a year ago.