Alec Adamson showed up at Corona del Mar High two years ago in August wanting to try out for its strong boys' tennis program.
The first match of the season was six months away.
Adamson wanted to get a hold of Coach Brian Ricker that early. When he did, he told him about himself.
He had just moved into the area from Hinsdale, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. As a sophomore Adamson had never played tennis as a freshman at his first high school, Hinsdale Central. A stress fracture in his right shoulder sidelined him for 10 months.
Ricker wasn't sure what to think of Adamson's chances of making the team. He usually has an idea what the team's makeup will be well before the spring season starts.
At the time, Ricker was in girls' season mode as the team began play in the fall. He still made time for Adamson, inviting him out to see him in action with a racquet.