The Moultrie Observer
Republished with permission
MOULTRIE — Colquitt County No. 1 singles player David Forehand continued a family tradition when he signed to extend his tennis career at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs.
His father Jon Forehand played tennis for the Lions, as did his uncle Mark Hopkins. His brother went there.
And Forehand's grandfather, Dr. David Hopkins, is a past president of Emmanuel College.
Six other schools were interested in Forehand's talents, but when Emmanuel offered a scholarship, Forehand accepted.
"They've been keeping up with me," said Forehand, who is familiar with the campus and has played with both the coach and several members of the Emmanuel team.
Packers tennis coach Chris Naquin called Forehand "very talented and a super athlete."
Naquin said former Packer coaches Grant Hammack and Mike Jenkins have helped Forehand develop his game.
"But a lot of the credit goes to David and his family," Naquin said. "They have put in the time it takes for him to be as good as he is.
"And the amazing thing is, he hasn't reached his full potential yet."
Forehand began his varsity career playing doubles as a freshman and posting an 18-0 record.
As a sophomore and junior, he had back-to-back 22-1 records playing No. 3 singles.
He was 12-9 this year playing No. 1 singles for a career record of 72-11.
Forehand was unbeaten in region play until this year and was unbeaten in region tournament play all four years.
In those four seasons, he lost just one time in state tournament play.
He was named to the All-Region first team as a freshman, sophomore and as a junior.
The Packers made the Elite Eight twice and Final Four once during his first three years with the Packers. Forehand also has competed in USTA and ITA tournaments in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He has earned academic and athletic scholarships to Emmanuel College, where he plans to study computer information systems. Forehand expects to room with Bowen Aguero, a Colquitt County High golfer who also has signed to play at Emmanuel College.
Picture Caption: Colquitt County's David Forehand signed on Wednesday to continue his tennis career at Emmanuel College. At a signing ceremony at the high school media center were, front, from left, David's father Jon Forehand, his mother Chrissie Forehand, David, and his grandmother Claudia Hopkins; back, Packers tennis coach Chris Naquin, David's grandfather David Hopkins and Emmanuel College athletic director Jose Larios