DUNLAP — Concord High tennis standout Jason Denton plans to sign a letter of intent Friday to continue his academic and playing careers at Marian University in Indianapolis, according to his father and CHS coach Todd Denton.
The younger Denton, who didn’t take up the sport until just before his freshman year, went 23-2 at No. 1 singles last fall. He won the Northern Lakes Conference title and was the individual singles sectional champion on his way to earning team MVP honors for a second straight season.
As a junior, Denton finished 19-4 at 1 singles — three of the losses coming against then-senior Northridge star Nick Myers — and as a sophomore he went 26-1 at 3 singles while helping the Minutemen to their first-ever semistate title.
“He was a baseball player and loved that, so I didn’t push him into anything, just wanted him to do what he enjoyed,” Todd Denton said of why his son didn’t play tennis sooner despite a rich family heritage in the sport. “Actually, that’s just like me. I didn’t play until I was a freshman, but it’s something he really has worked at once he decided he wanted to play.”
Jason Denton, an honor roll student, will receive a package through Marian, an NAIA school, that will cover about three-quarters of his costs.
The Knights are 6-8 (3-5 in the Mid-Central Conference) in their second season under coach Steve Mackell.