After losing to Cr­­awfordsville’s Eddie ­­Heinhold on Sept. 1, Patrick Scheidler was visibly upset with himself as he shook hands with Heinhold and walked off the courts.

He had just lost his third match this season, but only to the second opponent. Western Boone’s Ethan Dobbs bested Scheidler during­­­ the Western Boone Invitational on Aug. 27. Dobbs and Scheidler played each other twice, one match coming in the championship-round of the invitational.

Losing three times to only two opponents bodes well for someone who started playing tennis last year.

“My dad played tennis in high school.” Patrick said. “He said it was a really fun sport and I like to try new things.”

Patrick’s dad, Michael, played tennis and basketball in high school. He always encouraged Patrick and his other children to stay active.

“I’ve taken Patrick and my daughters out to then local fieldhouse to play basketball, a lot of times on Sunday’s.” Michael said. “He enjoyed tennis but he wasn’t really serious about it until last year.”

Patrick was raised around a family full of people who have athletic backgrounds so switching to a new sport was not that challenging to him.

“You see a lot of the same footwork with tennis and basketball.” Michael said. “Whether it’s the lateral movements, the defensive principles, a lot of jumping—there are definitely a lot of similarities.”

Patrick plays for Southmont’s basketball team as well. Mary, Patrick’s mother, was also an athlete in high school. She was on her high school’s swim team, knew that her kids were going to be involved in sports.

“Sports have always been a big part of our lives.” Mary said. “As he got older, he really liked basketball the most—after his freshman year he got a text from one of his teammates saying that he should try tennis.”

After receiving that text, Patrick came home and talked it over with his mom and dad. Mary’s initial reaction was on board with the idea, but it was the “how” that puzzled her.

“He came home and said ‘mom, I think I might play tennis.’” Mary said. “Okay, you don’t even have a racquet.”

Patrick showed up for tennis practice one day and fell in love with the sport. Once Patrick fully committed himself, his dad coached him and worked on his game.

“We started doing the Wabash camps, his coaches helped him, his dad showed him a few things.” Mary said. “In the summer, we would start with weights, move onto basketball and from there he’d play tennis at Wabash—athletics is his love, he likes to stay moving.”

Patrick will get the opportunity to “wash the bad taste out of his mouth” today as he and his Mountie teammates travel to Frankfort.

“I needed to lose at one point.” Patrick said. “I needed to get my mindset and my attitude back.”