Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Bailey Peterson – West De Pere boys’ tennis
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Bailey Peterson
Parents: Brad Peterson, Molly Bongel
Bailey Peterson is a senior at West De Pere High School who plays No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.
The Phantoms are currently undefeated in the Bay Conference.
As of May 10, Peterson owns a record of 15-5.
If he had one wish, it would be to better this world in every possible way, while keeping the freedom of all people.
You advanced to sectionals last year as a junior finishing 21-9 at No. 3 singles. Talk about that experience in winning two big matches to get there.
“When you make it that far into the season and you have the possibility of winning, the only thing that runs through your mind is ‘Don’t let the team down’ and that motivates me to play my best.”
What makes Bay Conference tennis special?
“The Bay Conference for tennis is slightly different than for other sports. It is set up so that people of the same level play against each other. However, the big difference is that people in this conference all have unique ways of playing the game.”
What is one-pet peeve you have?
“I have the same pet peeve as the character Beerus from Dragonball Super (voice by Koichi Yamadera). There is one thing I can’t stand and that is people not giving me the respect I deserve. I am very big on mutual respect. I recognize that respect must be earned and isn’t generally given easily. I work hard to earn other people’s respect through my interactions and how I treat them. This concept is something that attracts me to the culture of Japan – the high level of respect shown.”
What is your most embarrassing tennis moment?
“When I went to hit an overhead and ended up hitting myself in the head with my racquet.
What is your most memorable moment on the court?
“The first time I ever went to sectionals during high school. It was euphoric.”
Who is a role model in your life?
“My biggest role model is by far my grandfather. He has an amazing work ethic, a kind heart and an amazing brain.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“I would want to be Elon Musk so I could help revolutionize the world.”
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
“For once in my high school career, I’d like to make it to the state tournament. Another goal would be to win our conference for the third year in a row.”
As a senior, what advice would you give to an incoming freshman at West De Pere?
“Try to enjoy high school as much as you can. For many, things get easier once you are out.”
Do you have a nickname?
“There is nothing in particular that anyone calls me during a match. However, we often yell out ‘Let’s go West’ during a match.”
Talk about Coach Hagenow and his strengths as a tennis player/coach.
“Coach Hagenow is an understanding and honest man who knows how to properly organize the team to optimize our probability of winning. He also is a pretty good tennis player himself.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I want to work my way through college one degree at a time until I get a doctorate in software development/computer science. I actually started taking courses at NWTC in the middle of my junior year, and by the time I graduate from high school, I will have seven courses completed toward my first degree in software development.”
What are your hobbies?
“Coding, gaming and spending time with my girlfriend.”
What three words describe you?
“Fun-loving, honest, kind.”
Who is your favorite all-time athlete and why?
“Rodger Federer, because he is an amazing tennis player.”
What is a favorite childhood memory in sports?
“It is back in the day when I used to play tennis with my Uncle Arron, and he was able to hold his own. We had some very competitive matches.”
Favorite shot in tennis?
“My slice because it is so unique.”
Sports team: Green Bay Packers
Summer activity: Tennis, any type of fishing.