Max McClure played tennis his freshman and sophomore years at Brownstown Central.
He took his junior year off from tennis, but since he had a light classload at the start of this school year and he missed the sport, he decided to play his senior year.
“I had a lot of time on my hands, and I was missing the tennis experience, I was missing the team, and I knew there was a new coach that the guys really liked, so I wanted to experience that and just go back out for my senior year,” McClure said.
He has played doubles throughout his high school career and is playing No. 2 doubles this fall with Reece Carlin.
McClure writes left-handed but plays tennis right-handed.
He said doubles players need to communicate with their partners.
“It’s probably the most important thing, and just knowing your partner and working as a unit is very important in doubles, and that is something he and I are still improving on,” McClure said. “This is our first year playing together. I like the net quite a bit just being aggressive and able to make power plays. I’m able to put it away.”
The senior feels momentum is important in tennis.
“Tennis is all about momentum,” he said. “Winning the first set, for me, is where the game is won and lost because if you can get that momentum and get in the right head space the first set, I look at it as winning the match.”
Practicing hard is important to McClure.
“If you work hard in practice, you can work hard in matches. Practice is where you better yourself,” he said. “If you go to practice just to play around, you’re not going to improve. You’re just wasting your time.”
He has some goals he would like to see the Braves accomplish.
“I just want our team to do its best and we end up hopefully winning sectional, but just succeeding as a team and having a really good year is my big goal for us, feeling like we accomplished what we set out to do,” he said.
McClure said he has enjoyed attending BCHS.
“I like the community,” he said. “It’s a smaller town and knowing everybody. Being closely knit with everyone has been a blessing for me. One of my favorite parts about this school system is just the tight-knit part of it.
“I’ll remember the good times I had and lessons I learned through, not only athletics but also academics and just working together and doing well. That is what I’ll remember. It has been such a blessing.”
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Name: Max McClure
School: Brownstown Central High School
Parents: Doug and Tina McClure
Siblings: Mason and Maren
Sport: Tennis, three years
Organizations: National Honor Society, student council, tutor club member
Plans after high school: Attend college
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite musician: Logic
Favorite movies: Avengers series
Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts