CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You probably have never heard of St Albans tennis player Zach Driggs. Why should you?
He didn't make any all-state teams, play in the state tournament or win a state championship. In fact, the Red Dragons struggled this past spring to a 3-10 record.
Driggs, the No. 1 one singles player on the team, also struggled to win, posting a 1-12 individual record.
However, if you look closer, you will see that Driggs taught us all a lesson that we have forgotten. It's a lesson about what high school athletics is supposed to be all about.
You see, things have gotten a little out of whack in high school athletics. This is an era now where athletes jump from place to place and school to school. Athletes want to go where they think they can win a state championship.
Parents are also overly involved. Now we have scholarship signing ceremonies for athletes going to non-scholarship schools and for walk-ons who really have no scholarship to sign. It does make, though, for a self-serving post on Facebook.
That is what makes the story of Zach Driggs refreshing.
St. Albans is not very high on the tennis food chain. Driggs wasn't either. He played two years at No. 3 doubles, then one year at No. 4 singles and this year he was the Red Dragons No. 1 singles player. He got a late start playing competitive tennis, but to progress from No. 3 doubles to the top singles player on his team, he had to work hard and improve his game.
His coach, Richard Tench, had this to say about Driggs:
"Zach really is an outstanding player. He loves to play and he works hard. He had to play for us against all of the top players in the state. If he was in a different part of the state, he would have had a good record. He was just stuck in the toughest area of the state."