College Bound: Eli Franks

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After a successful high school career than included a run to the IHSAA State Finals in 2017, Jasper senior tennis player Eli Franks signed his letter of intent to play tennis collegiately at Bellarmine University on Thursday morning at Jasper High School.

A Q&A with Jasper senior tennis player Eli Franks who will be playing tennis collegiately at Bellarmine University.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? Well, I love tennis so if you love something you want to do it as long as you can and I had the opportunity to be able to compete for four more years so I couldn't pass that up. Plus, Bellarmine is a great school all around — it was just the best of both worlds.

What stood out about Bellarmine University over the other schools you visited? Academically, it was just stronger than other schools and the guys and coaches on the team were great. I also love the campus and the Louisville area so I think that was a big thing as well.

During your time at Jasper, who or what helped prepare you the most to play tennis in college? I would say there's two people — coach (Scott) Yarbrough and Noah Moss. Coach Yarbrough helped with the tennis aspect and helped me to improve all the time and (Noah) Moss helped me get in shape the past year. Without them, I wouldn't be in the position I am today.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Jasper? I have to say, our biggest accomplishment as a team was in 2017 when we finished state runner-up. But even more than that, just helping out the younger guys and becoming friends with a bunch of my teammates — I feel like I'll remember that even longer than the state run.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Special.

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