The Duncan Banner

July 3, 2013

Working to stay a champion

Senior Henricks strives towards another state title

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — While some athletes can only dream of winning their first state title, Duncan senior tennis player Sydney Henricks is busy gunning for her second championship.

After being apart of a Lady Demons squad which captured the overall team state title last spring, Henricks says she still has trouble putting into words just what the experience meant to her and the rest of the team.

“It was literally a dream come true,” she said about winning the state title with her team.” “We’d all been dreaming of it the entire season, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find the words to justify the experience. It still seems so surreal, but I’m so proud and thankful for everyone on the team.”

Henricks added she now has something to prove after claiming the No. 1 doubles title with her partner Samantha Cassidy.

“I feel a lot more pressure now than I did before,” she said. “I’ve proven to everyone that I can accomplish something. Now it’s a matter of me proving my consistency on the court. I want to show everyone that I’m capable of winning, and that last spring wasn’t just luck.”

A key part of preparing for a grueling tennis season starts with a balanced diet routine that Henricks keeps going for most of the year.

“I’m always making sure I stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water,” Henricks said. “For the most part I’ve completely cut fried food out of my eating habits. To keep my legs from cramping I’ll have some bananas and at tournaments we always snack on peanut butter and fruit. The closer I get to the season, the cleaner my eating becomes. Physically I have to be at my best and I’m finding myself in the gym whenever I can be there.”

Henricks added she hopes to not only achieve her goals during her senior season with the Lady Demons tennis team, but surpass them as well.

“I’m the type of person that aims to surpass her goals in life,” she said. “But, I understand that my life won’t be over if things don’t go as planned. That motto keeps me calm in times of stress and doubt, but it never motivates me to settle.”  

It’s also been a successful few months off the court as well as Henricks was elected Governor of the 71st Oklahoma Girls State convention.

“I was honored and completely in shock to be elected,” Henricks said about becoming Girls State Governor. “All of the girls there are such natural leaders, and there was some stiff competition. It made me realize if I put my mind to something and stay true to myself, I can be successful outside of high school.”

In addition to being a standout player for the Lady Demons tennis team, Henricks is also a member of the DHS Pom Squad, as one of two seniors who will be featured in the upcoming school year, along with being senior class president.

“Pom is basically dancing shape, and that’s a big difference from being in tennis shape,” Henricks said. “When we’re dancing we have to give it our all for a few minutes during a routine, and on the tennis courts it’s a lot longer. I love both activities though and they both help keep me busy and in great shape. I’m very flexible as it is, so the stretches really help me out a lot.”  

Other activities Henricks is involved in are  how choir at DHS, along with doing receptionist work at the office of Dr. Che Miller, in addition to being active in Duncan Little Theatre and the Hodgson Studio of Music and Drama.