CEDAR RAPIDS — Does Charlie Caris have a date with history?
Not if Joey White can help it.
Caris, a senior at Des Moines Roosevelt, is bidding to become the third player in the 81-year history of Iowa high school boys’ tennis to win three state singles championships.
“He is really tough, really solid. He has no weaknesses,” said White, a junior at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, who might be Caris’ most legitimate challenger.
But White is conceding nothing.
“I think I have a shot if I play my game,” he said.
The Class 2A singles and doubles tournament is Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Tennis Center in Cedar Rapids. The 1A tournament is at Byrnes Park Tennis Complex in Waterloo. Both classes will begin play around 9:15 a.m.
White carries a 17-1 record. Brackets and seedings won’t be established until Friday morning, but White figures to be seeded No. 2 behind Caris.
“I think that’s where I belong,” said White, who finished fourth last year.
Caris outlasted White in three sets in last year’s semifinals.
Austin Grundy of Sioux City North (20-0) also figures to contend. And though Kennedy’s Jeff Damisch (20-1) was a district runner-up — he was second to White — he can’t be overlooked.
“He’s capable of upsetting anybody if he’s playing well,” said Kennedy Coach Jim Loomis.
David DeSimone of Bettendorf teamed with his older brother to win the 2A doubles title last year. This year, he is teamed with Kyle Johnson, and that duo is 19-1.
Roosevelt broke up its runner-up team — Neil Nath and Harrison Kruse. Nath joins brother Naveen Nath while Kruse is paired with Will Hemminger.
In 1A, Dubuque Wahlert’s Carter Giese — a former doubles champion — moves into singles, where he has a 76-2 career record. Wahlert’s doubles team of Michael Runde and Jon Moore look to move up from their third-place finish of 2008.