Natan and Company Spear the Competition at City Championships
by Ethan Lim
Junior tennis phenom, Natan Spear, Adv. 903, has been wreaking havoc on the rest of the city this season. Spear had already established himself as one of the best players in the city his sophomore year, however, this year, he has pushed aside any doubts that critics may have had. Spear was crowned champion of men’s singles at the CPS men’s tennis city championships. The team as a whole also placed first, beating out Whitney Young by only one point. When asked about his success, Spear said, “City was great. Everyone contributed to the win over Whitney. This was our first city win in 4-5 years and we couldn’t be happier.” The whole Northside community should be proud of the success of the Northside’s men’s varsity tennis team. It was a tremendous performance against an arch rival that the Mustangs rarely have the opportunity to beat.
Spear has been playing tennis for about 10 years now. His current club is Midtown Chicago and he hopes to take his talents to the collegiate scene. He is looking into a range of schools varying from big universities like the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and the University of Richmond, while also exploring smaller school options such as Amherst and Carnegie Mellon.
While college is important, the four-star recruit is focusing on his current season. There is still a good amount of tennis left in the 2018 season and Spear eagerly awaits the remaining IHSA games. Although he is happy with his singles championship at city, Spear wants to crack the top three at state. With the year he has been having, it is definitely a possibility.
While the Mustang’s victory at city should not be overlooked, the team now has its eyes on the next prize--the IHSA state finals. Jake Watson, Adv. 905, another key member of the team, has been having a solid season as well. The combination of Spear and Watson creates a deadly duo which makes Northside a formidable opponent. Earlier this season, the team participated in a tournament with other top schools in their division and placed third. This is a great sign for the team because many of the teams in that tournament will be opponents the state tournament. If Northside can build off their city championship win and perform at an even higher level of excellence, they will be able to make the podium at state--especially if Spear keeps up his dominant play.