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Deese: sports just part of family, life

February 25, 2011

By Leila Shearon, Staff Writer

Sophomore Sara Deese warms up for a match in an early season contest. Deese is the women tennis team's second-ranked player. Photo by Leila Shearon

According to this Mountain Lions tennis player, her brothers started it all. Sarah Deese, a member of the Young Harris College women’s tennis team, began her sports career at a young age.

A graduate of Roswell High School, Deese has four brothers and one sister. Her brother, Michael Deese, was also a YHC athlete as a member of the Mountain Lions baseball team from 2004 to 2006.

“Growing up around rough and tough guys allowed me the opportunity to play most sports,” said Deese.

In middle school, Deese played basketball, softball, tennis, participated in ballet and gymnastics and was a member of the cheerleading team.

Her parents Mike and Felicia also influenced her love for sports. Her mom was a point guard for the Jacksonville State University women’s basketball team.

“My parents pushed me to be the best athlete in every way,” Deese said.

Deese joined the Mountain Lions in the 2009-2010 season. She is one of two to returning players on this year’s women’s squad. The women’s tennis team is made of mostly new and young players as well as a new coach. Deese stated the importance of hard work and team unity in the sport of tennis

“This will be a tough season but I am excited,” said Deese.

Tennis is a big part of Deese’s life. She is the number two ranked player for the YHC women’s tennis team. In tennis, the players are placed in a line up according to their experience and ability.

Despite her love for tennis, her future plans do not consist of tennis at the moment, and Deese’s major is undecided.

She expressed her desire to become an event coordinator in the future, but is unsure of a final decision.

Even though she does not have any plans for tennis in the future, Deese plans to use the characteristics she has built from the sport throughout the past eight years as she furthers her education.

“I have to stay patient even if something goes wrong,” said Deese. “I have to keep a positive mind set so I can get through the next point.”

It is that mindset that Deese uses when going about completing tasks both on and off the playing surface.

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