Classroom Champions: Groesbeck's Hannah DeFriend

GROESBECK, Texas (KWTX) Instead of preparing for a possible fourth-overall appearance in the UIL state tournament, Groesbeck senior Hannah DeFriend is now adjusting to her journey to the collegiate tennis game at McMurry by training at home.

"Well, I've been running and doing some activities around here," DeFriend said. "We have a wall we've been playing on, so I can do some coordination and stuff like that."

Hannah has gone to the state tournament in each of her first three years at Groesbeck High School -- twice in doubles, and most recently in singles. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic will keep her from getting there again.

"She played No. 1 in singles all four years," retired coach Dusty Loewe said. "She leads by example, she's a competitor and the kids coming up behind her see the competitiveness has caused them to want to emulate her."

Away from tennis, she's second in her class at Groesbeck with a 5.3 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Hannah also has plenty of volunteer work, including Food for Families, Special Olympics Tennis,Blessings in October -- a cause to repair homes for the elderly -- Sweet Feet Project for local nursing homes, Cross Creek Meadows volunteer work, and National Honor Society's Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup.

"I don't want it to be all about me," DeFriend said. "I want to thank all my teachers, coaches and teammates."