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Graham Tunney


By Miles Layton

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Multi-sport Aces' athlete Graham Tunney is the Athlete of the Week for May 17.

“This year Graham battled for first seed on our team and won,” said Rachel Johnson, tennis coach for John A. Holmes High. “We knew from the beginning that his matches would not be easy. He had a tough season playing very good opponents. Although he didn’t have a great record, Graham kept his composure on the court and played beautifully.”

Recently, Tunney served up several victories on the tennis courts this season to help the Aces claim the conference title. He has been playing tennis since he was old enough to hold a racket.

“I enjoyed my time playing for the Aces,” said Tunney, a soft spoken senior with four seasons of serving powerful aces over the net and past the competition. “Our team was always pretty good – the best team this year at least and previous years. We were conference champions this year.”

The Aces advanced to the regional tournament – but suffered a loss to Croatan.

“All those teams were very good compared to our conference,” he said. “We were the best in our conference, but once we faced those teams in the regionals – they were very good.”

Tennis aside, Tunney posted impressive stats as kicker for the Aces' football team. Last season, Tunney fired 56 footballs through the goal posts and a couple long range field goals to achieve those extra points for the Aces' winning season.

Where does that leg strength originate? The answer is soccer, yet another sport where Tunney has seen action for the Aces.

Tunney is a member of the National Honor Society and attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He plans to major in biology so as to study pre-medicine at North Carolina State University.