SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School hasn’t had a tennis player go on to play at the collegiate level for at least 10 years, if not more, but Reed Ritterbusch will change that when he continues his tennis career at Augustana College.
Ritterbusch he signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday.
“The campus in general was very welcoming,” Ritterbusch said. “The coach had a great attitude and I think it will be a great fit.”
After playing basketball, soccer and tennis at SHS, Ritterbusch will now get to focus on just one sport.
“I’m excited to really get to spend my time in tennis and see the improvements that will come from putting all my time into one sport,” Ritterbusch said.
Augustana College has an indoor tennis facility, allowing for yearlong play. Coach Marc Kurtz is originally from Miles City, Montana, and has a feel for what Sheridan athletes go through in their short season.
“Kurtz realizes the limited number of matches Reed had compared to some other athletes and really sees a great potential in what Reed can do,” Ritterbusch’s father, John, said.
Ritterbusch has been playing tennis since he was 10 — just in a few camps here and there. It wasn’t until Ken Harmon was volunteering his time to help the tennis program at SHS that Ritterbusch really started to get into the sport.
“I always thought I would play basketball in college,” Ritterbusch said. “I never really thought much about playing tennis at the collegiate level until about my junior year when I started to get real good, that was when I saw the reality of being able to play tennis at a college.”