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.

Algernon’s Accomplishments

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.

Cape Fear Academy freshman Algernon Butler is the 2021 Coastal Preps Boys Tennis Player of the Year. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

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.