Stone Signs With Stony Brook

Left to right: Cory Parr, Whitman Coach Erika Nichols, Brandon Stone, Principal Kathie Acker and Brandon’s proud Mom Janet.
Left to right: Cory Parr, Whitman Coach Erika Nichols, Brandon Stone, Principal Kathie Acker and Brandon’s proud Mom Janet.

Whitman senior Brandon Stone has signed his intent to play Division 1 tennis at Stony Brook University next fall. Brandon has been an All-County player for the past 3 years and an All-State player for the past 2 years. “Brandon is an exceptional player who always gives 110% dedication to everything he does," said his Whitman coach Erika Nichols. “He exhibits excellent leadership skills and will assume the role of co-captain this spring.”

Brandon began playing tennis at an early age but started getting serious when he was about 11 years old. Having an older brother who played for Whitman gave Brandon a challenge to work toward, and it wasn't long before he held his own and then some. “I like the competitiveness of tennis, and I enjoy working on my game,” said Brandon.

Tennis has provided Brandon with the opportunity to travel. This past summer Brandon played in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. “You get to meet a lot of interesting people when you travel,” said Brandon.

Cory Parr, Brandon’s private instructor for the past last 2 years, agrees with Coach Nichols. “Brandon’s game has matured. He’s gotten stronger and quicker,” he said. “Tennis is tough on students because it requires so much time and dedication to be really good, but Brandon has shown he’s got what it takes.” Brandon is excited to play at the college level next year. “I love the environment at Stony Brook,” said Brandon. “The coach is great, and they have a really competitive program there.”

To see the Stony Brook Press Release go to:

http://www.goseawolves.org/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/121112aaa.html