Tennis: Sterling’s Peterson takes home 4th-place medal, leadership award

Peterson also receives sportsmanship award

Brecken Peterson

Boys tennis

IHSA State Meet: In suburban Chicago on Saturday, Sterling senior Brecken Peterson’s outstanding prep tennis career came to an end after he finished fourth at the Class 1A state singles tournament. Peterson fell 6-1, 6-2 to Dash Smith of Chicago University, who was seeded fourth.

Peterson’s fourth-place finish was the highest by a Sterling singles player since Bill James took third during the 1972-73 school year.

The Golden Warriors’ all-time leader in singles wins also received the Tom Pitchford Sportsmanship Award, which is given to a player for demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship, pride and achievements in school.

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Drake Lansman

Drake Lansman

Drake has been a sports reporter with Sauk Valley Media/Shaw Local since May of 2024. He is a Bettendorf native who graduated from Iowa State University. Drake previously covered sports in the Quad Cities area for nine years.