Hampton leading Bedford

Name: Jess Hampton

School: Bedford

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: Hampton won three matches on Tuesday to claim the District 6 Class 2A singles title. He then won No. 1 singles matches on Wednesday vs. HOPE for Hyndman and Thursday vs. Somerset as Bedford captured the District 5 team championship

Season update: This season, Hampton is 17-5 overall. He is 15-5 in singles. Bedford is 20-0.

Coach Butch Beidle’s quote: “Jess is a tremendous leader. He’s always willing to do what he’s told, always trying to better himself. On the court, he’s like a machine. He makes very few mistakes. He gets that ball back, and he makes his opponent make the mistake. He frustrates them.”

Favorite teacher: Ms. Scheeler

Favorite subject: Anatomy

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: No preference

Outside interests: Soccer and swimming

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: No preference

Pro athlete most admired: Ben Roethlisberger

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bishop Guilfoyle’s Ryan Talko

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Beidle

Proudest athletic achievement: “Winning disticts in singles.”

How I got my start in tennis: “I just started out doing a lot of clinics when I was younger. I really liked it, and I was pretty good at it, so I thought I would play on my high school team.”

Future goal: “To make it past the first round of states.”