2021 Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Algernon Butler
With several high school sports seasons coming to a close, it’s time to reveal the All-Coastal Preps teams. Over the next week, you will get to know more about the players of the year while also seeing who made first and second team in boys tennis, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer and softball.
The Coastal Preps Boys Tennis Player of the Year is freshman Algernon Butler from Cape Fear Academy.
Cape Fear Academy’s boys tennis team entered the season with a goal of going unbeaten and claiming the NCISAA Division II state championship. They accomplished both thanks in large part to Algernon Butler.
The freshman standout went 8-0 in singles (mostly at No. 1) and finished 8-1 in doubles (mostly at No. 2) to lead the Hurricanes to a perfect 16-0 record and their first title since 2015.
In singles, Butler won eight sets without dropping a game. He also had four sets where he lost only one game. He cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Asheville School in the semifinals.
Butler was just as dominant in doubles, where he and his partner picked up one 8-0 win and three 8-1 victories.
More about Algernon
Favorite Food(s): Hamburgers and cereal
Favorite Restaurant(s): Smithfield’s and Arby’s
Favorite TV Show(s): The Office
Favorite athlete(s): Roger Federer and Tom Brady
Favorite memory from the season: Winning the championship and celebrating with my teammates.
Favorite memory from your career: Same as above!
Favorite thing about your school or team: We were very energetic and got along extremely well. Our camaraderie was very good.
Favorite vacation you’ve taken: Belize in 2018
Are you a fan of roller coasters? If so, what is the best roller coaster you’ve ridden?: Not a fan
Do you like breakfast, lunch or dinner best?: Lunch
What is a skill you are bad at that you wish you could master?: Golf
What app on your phone do you use the most?: TikTok
Which local restaurant has the best hamburgers?: McDonald’s and P.T.’s Grille
What toppings do you like on your pizza?: Pepperoni and sausage
What was your favorite TV show as a child?: Paw Patrol
How did you pass the time during the COVID-19 lockdown? Trying to spend time outside and not go crazy.