2014 All-Scholastic Sports #4 - Jordan McHenry, Clarkdale

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
Jordan McHenry has only been playing Tennis for three years, but in that short time, she has taken her game to a 2A double state title.

Clarkdale senior Jordan McHenry

Playing a high school sport can difficult, but what about playing one at which you have no experience?

Jordan McHenry knows all too well about that.

"We started playing the Spring of my eighth grade year, and that was the first time I'd ever picked up a tennis racket."

Such was the case for McHentry, a senior at Clarkdale, but it turned out that she was pretty good.

"She started as a freshman and has started every year," said tennis coach Charles Crane. "She's a really good athlete, first of all, but the reason she excels in the classroom and the tennis court is because she's smart."

Jordan is the number one student in Clarkdale's senior class and scored an impressive 30 on her ACT. Perhaps that's why this so-called "new" tennis player and her doubles partner shocked their opponents in last year's 2A doubles state final.

"They [her opponents] had been playing tennis a lot longer than we had... they knew more about technique and stuff than we did, but we just got out there and we out-worked them," said McHenry. "We just ran them into the ground and just held on and ended up winning."

What's more impressive? Becoming a state champion three years into a new sport or missing just 2 out of 60 questions on a state-wide history test.

"It's probably my fault that she missed those two questions," said Clarkdale History teacher Jeff Davis. "Very intelligent, but also extremely hard-working."

Jordan will attend the University of Southern Mississippi next year and says she eventually wants to go to law school. Until then, she has plenty of work to do.

"All about time management. You just can't waste any time," said McHenry. "I have a planner, and I write down everything that I have to do, and just make sure I stick to that, and it works out fine. "

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