LIHUE — Kauai High School senior Mitchell Evans is excited about the prospect of playing tennis at the next level.
“I’m looking forward to playing with the team at Washington College,” said Mitchell, the No. 1 Boys Singles player for Kauai High School after signing his national letter of intent, Monday.”I’m planning on studying computer science and excited about experiencing the East Coast and the opportunities it has to offer.”
Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, announced that Evans will be joining the Freshman Shoremen starters at the NCAA Division III Men’s National Championship Tennis Team in the fall.
Washington’s head tennis coach, Jason Ringstad, will welcome only one other freshman besides Evans.
“This is exciting,” said Charles Fulks, Kauai tennis coach. “The college only recruited two players, and Mitchell was one of them.”
The son of Richard and Bevin Evans of Omao said he visited the college after being contacted by Ringstad, met the players and hit some balls with them.
“They hit hard,” Mitchell said. “Everyone hits hard and they are super competitive. But they are a great group of guys to hang with. I guess it pays to have a big serve.”
The Washington mascot, Augustus, the maroon and black goose, has been a symbol of synchronicity, strength and endurance at Washington College more than 100 years, and as part of the famed Centennial Conference NCAA Division III schools, Washington competes against 11 other schools, including Swarthmore, John Hopkins, and Franklin and Marshall — all schools more than 100 years of age, or greater.
In the fall, Mitchell will be joining the team of four sophomores, three juniors, and three seniors to round out a team of 12 men. The Shoremen make their home at the Schottland Tennis Center at the college which features eight outdoor lighted tennis courts, a 10,000-square foot athletic fitness training center staffed with tutors, nutritionists and athletic trainers for the men and women athletes of Goose nation.
Richard Evans, Mitchell’s father, said it started when he and Mitchell would just hit balls back and forth.
Mitchell kept getting better and better, reaching the USTA No. 16 Hawaii Tennis ranking for Junior Boys, age 18, and No. 10 rank for High School Seniors from Tennis Recruiting.net.
He attained the Tennis Recruiting.net rank after playing four years as a varsity player for Kauai High School and USTA junior championship tennis in the state.
He is the captain of the men’s team at Kauai High School for the second straight year, and in the community, is a Boy Scout Eagle.
Mitchell has been accepted to the College of Math and Science, Computer Science department, and has been offered both a Washington College Academic tuition scholarship, a school leadership grant for Presidential Fellows, and a John S. Toll apprenticeship in Math and Science research.