5/17/2017 2:20:00 AM COLLEGE SIGNING: Connor Radune signs to play tennis at Otterbein
Jackson High School senior Connor Radune (second from left) signed his letter-of-intent to play Tennis at Otterbein University recently. Also pictured, in the front row from left are his sister Baleigh Radune, mother Missy Radune and brother Cooper Radune. In the back row are his grandfather Frank Radune, father and coach Chad Radune, grandmother Judy Radune and assistant coach Shane Ephlin.
Jackson High School senior Connor Radune has played a lot of tennis the past four years and enjoyed plenty of success.
During that time, he has qualified to the district tournament three times, which includes this year and finished one spot of earning a berth into the state tournament as a junior.
On Monday, May 1, Radune signed a national letter of intent to continue his athletic career at Otterbein University, playing for Coach Tyler Stevens and the Cardinals.
"I liked the campus a lot and they have a really good engineering program and that's what I want to do," Radune said. "They also have a solid tennis program, which has finish in the top-three almost every year.
"They are all young this year so they should be good."
Radune also was considering Cedarville, Wittenberg and Marietta, but in the end, Otterbein was the better fit.
Otterbein competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference in Division III athletics, along with Baldwin Wallace, Capital, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Marietta, Mount Union, Muskingum, Ohio Northern and Wilmington.
Radune has finished the regular season a perfect 13-0 during the 2017 season. He is currently 18-1, with his only loss coming in the sectional championship match last week at Shawnee State.
The Jackson High School senior explained that his four years of playing on the tennis team has been an exceptionally good experience.
"It's been a really good experience," Radune said. "I have made it to the district tournament twice and I'm hope for a third year (all ready accomplished) and maybe even a state tournament berth.
"I've improved a lot during the last four years and I'm excited to see how much more I can improve in the furture."
Radune begins play in the district tournament at Ohio University on Saturday at 10 a.m.