The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Senior year: Currently 16-1 and 5-0 in conference having just broken most all-time wins records at C’ville and looking to continue his career in college.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Senior year: Currently 16-1 and 5-0 in conference having just broken most all-time wins records at C’ville and looking to continue his career in college.

Magic number, 69.

Fourteen years after the record was set by Crawfordsville’s Chris Myers with 68 wins, Senior Dane Baldwin makes his mark in the record book of all-time wins.

He hit the mark after last night’s win over Danville’s No. 1 singles.

“It’s pretty cool to get a record like that,” Baldwin said. “It doesn’t really feel any different. I mean I just go out there and play.”

Baldwin has had a career of the century with 30 wins and two losses in middle school, a No. 1 singles spot his four varsity years, and going undefeated in conference play his sophomore, junior and thus far in his senior year.

He broke the record for most single-season wins last year with 23 wins and only four losses.

His favorite memory of his high school career was beating Terre Haute North three times in 2014 after Baldwin had lost every time before that.

His most memorable win, however, was against West Lafayette sophomore year on senior night.

“Their number one player was sick but their two player was still really good and it was a tough match,” he said. “It was a good match and it was fun for the seniors too.”

With a 16-1 record on the year and 5-0 in the conference, Baldwin has a total record of 69-19. However, he does not let that affect how he plays. He said he has no pre-game rituals of any sort, relaxing is name of the game for him.

“You play your best tennis when you are relaxed, so I just relax a little bit and go out there and play,” Baldwin explained.

Coach Michael Demeter has coached Baldwin for three years and said that he is a very easy player to coach.

“His game and his mentality are very simple and I think that’s what makes him such a great tennis player,” he said. “He takes away the mental side of it. You see a lot of great tennis players constantly getting down or being negative and he doesn’t have that aspect.”

Demeter added that he is an “extremely coachable kid and he’s super humble.”

Baldwin took his 69th win in straight sets. The first game started out with three unreturnable serves by Baldwin, ending in a longer volley but shutout nonetheless.

The second to last game ended with a Baldwin slam to the left side. The sixth and final of the second set, Baldwin ran to the net to tap across a short shot that Danville could not reach and secured the all-time win record for C’ville.

“He has an ability to take things to another level and really dial in and do something great,” Coach Demeter said. “He has a great recognition and knack for the game.”

Baldwin is looking to play in college and has narrowed his choices down to a few schools. Record, set, and go.