COLUMBIA CITY — Coming out as a freshman, Columbia City’s J.T. Biggs wasn’t on the radar for college athletics.
He’ll be the first to admit it.
“My freshman year I wasn’t the greatest at all by any means,” Biggs said. “I was playing at the bottom of the barrel.”
By his senior season, Biggs had changed that helping No. 1 doubles go 7-0 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference and finding a spot at the collegiate level.
Tuesday, Biggs signed a letter of intent to play men’s tennis at the University of Saint Francis under coach Jim Clark.
With his mother Kim Biggs and Columbia City head coach Doug Stoffel at his side, Biggs made a dream come true.
“It’s kind of a dream,” Biggs said with a smile. “I didn’t expect to be playing college tennis considering how I started out.”
His career in tennis began under Stoffel and the annual summer camp held by the Eagles program. As a fifth grader, Biggs saw his love for the game grow.
“It’s something I picked up around the fifth grade,” Biggs noted. “Stoffel actually held a summer camp that I went to and it kind of grew.”
According to Stoffel, Biggs is a player anyone can look up to and see it’s possible.
“He was a classic example of somebody that worked his way up the ladder because his freshman year he was down there at the bottom of the team,” Stoffel said. “By his senior year, he has a undefeated record in conference, first-team honor in the NHC and honorable mention all-state.
“So, it’s just a testimonial to what can happen when people work hard. He was a great addition to our team but also a great attitude.”
Along with teammate Alan Murphy, Biggs went 18-2 at No. 1 doubles with their only two losses coming against a state finalist duo from Fort Wayne Canterbury.
“Alan and I have been close ever since freshman year and before,” Biggs said of his doubles partner. “This year they had us choose who we wanted to have as a partner and I chose either Travis Johnson or Alan. Alan wanted to be my partner and it all kind of worked out.”