WGN/Chicago Tribune Prep Athlete of the Month: Hinsdale Central’s Stephanie Dolehide

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HINSDALE - Hinsdale Central sophomore tennis player Stephanie Dolehide is filled with positivity.

"She's always positive and stays within herself on the tennis court," said Dolehide's head coach Scott Radecki.

Dolehide's positive mentality hardly wavers, even in the face of extreme adversity. On June 2nd, the 15-year-old was riding her bike when a car sped through a stop sign and hit Dolehide, sending her flying through the air. She suffered several injuries, including a fractured tailbone, sprained wrist and ankle, torn right labrum and sprained rotator cuff.

But Dolehide wasn't about to sulk.

"Everything happens for a reason, I'm not mad about it," she said. "I took more positives than negatives. I know I was injured and worked on focusing on winning state and doing that and doing as good as I could."

Despite missing more than half the season, Dolehide's hard work--and positivity--paid off. Teamed with Sandra Keta, the duo avenged a loss in last year's State final to beat Stevenson and win the doubles state championship last month.

"It was cool how intense we were at state, really loud and determined to not walk off the court without winning," Dolehide said.

"Unbelievable," Radecki added. "I've never seen perseverance like that, ever. [Her] injuries were never mentioned at practice, and she continued to work hard."

Dolehide will now see her name among the school’s greats--including her sister's. Courtney Dolehide won back-to-back state doubles titles at Hinsdale Central in 2006-2007 and later went on to play at UCLA.

That's not all. Her 17-year-old sister Caroline is currently one of the top junior pro tour players in the world.

"I’ve always looked after them, they’re my role models," Stephanie said. "They sacrificed a lot for the sport and I looked after their intense nature and positivity."

And there’s that word again. It must run in the family, one filled with perseverance and tennis talent.

You can be positive about that.

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