Keith Barnes profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.
"Chad Kissell found himself in a very rare position on Saturday when he took on District 1 champion Michael Dickson of Downingtown East in the PIAA Class AAA singles final.
He had to take the court at Hershey Racquet Club for a third set for the first time this season.
"I was actually in the second set looking to close it out and I have to give my opponent all the credit because he never backed down," Kissell said. "After I lost the second set, I just told myself that I had to stay calm and I think I just played a smart game in the third set."
He did just that as Kissell, a Valparaiso University recruit, closed out his high school career as he knocked off Dickson, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 and became the first Greater Latrobe boys tennis player in 65 years to win a state title. Don Bossert was the last Wildcats singles player to win the boys singles title when he knocked off Lewis Landon of Williamsport, 8-6, 8-6, in 1950."