BLITZ Tennis Player of the Year: Kevin Wonders

The BLITZ Boys Tennis Player of the Year is Kevin Wonders of Habersham Central. It’s certainly a rarity, as very few freshmen have ever won BLITZ Player of the Year in any sport.

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • 15-4 Overall Record
  • 79% Win Percentage
  • Team: State Playoff berth & Region Runner-Up

Kevin Wonders, or the ‘Wonder Boy’ as some have called him, was stellar in 2022. The freshman played at #3 singles for the Raiders, and amassed a record of 15-4 (winning 79% of his matches). Did we mention he’s only a freshman?!? AND he played in one of the highest classifications in the state in Class 6A, going up against the likes of teams like Buford. The Raiders used Wonders’ solid play to earn a region runner-up finish and state playoff berth.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Kevin Wonders – 58.5 pts (8 1st-place votes)
  2. Jonathan Orozco – 57 pts (6)
  3. Aaron Eason – 41.5 pts (3)
  4. Robbie Fountain – 22.5 pts
  5. Zach Friday – 14.5 pts
  6. Vinny Ricci – 10 pts

Voting included our 17-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
; 7th-8th 0.25 pts

This was as thin a margin as we’ve seen in awhile. Wonders took eight 1st-place votes to win the award, though his weighted average was just slightly above Commerce’s Jonathan Orozco, who nabbed six 1st-place votes. Aaron Eason of Jefferson took a few as well. This one literally came down to the final vote that was cast.

HISTORY OF TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 2022 – Kevin Wonders – Habersham Central FR #3 Singles
  • 2021 – Kenny Colwell – Stephens County SR #2 Singles
  • 2020 – Marcus Berninger – Jefferson SR #1 Singles
  • 2019 – Marcus Berninger – Jefferson JR #1 Singles
  • 2018 – Gabe Martin – Banks County SR #1 Singles
  • 2017 – Trey Wilcox – Tallulah Falls SR #1 Singles
  • 2016 – Trey Wilcox – Rabun County JR #1 Singles
  • 2015 – Trey Wilcox – Rabun County SO #1 Singles
  • 2014 – Justin Yang/Gatlin Boswell – Banks County SR #2 Doubles
  • 2013 – Bobby Nguyen – Banks County JR #3 Singles
  • 2012 – Jake Schaefer – Banks County JR #1 Singles
  • 2011 – Will Jarrard – Lumpkin County SR #1 Singles
  • 2010 – Thomas Flowers – White County SR #1 Singles

Wonders becomes the very first freshman to ever win Tennis POY honors, and simultaneously the first Habersham Central player to do it. He’s only the second #3 singles player to grab it, and the first since 2013.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

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