Allan Bower did big things for the Alton High School tennis team.
“Numbers-wise, he had an elite career at Alton High,” Redbird coach Jesse Macias said of Bower, a May AHS graduate headed to University of Missouri-St. Louis this fall to study business.
In his final season at AHS, he helped lead his team to a second-place finish at Sectionals, and as an individual, he rounded out the year as a State qualifier for singles, going 3-1 on the opening day by beating O’Fallon, Oak Park Fenwick and Marmion Academy. His advancement at the State Tournament made him the Redbirds’ first singles player since Rob Simpson in 2001 to advance past the first day.
“Besides having great numbers, Allan was a true leader for the Redbirds,” Macias said. “He has an impressive work ethic and works on his game year round, playing tournaments in the summer and winter and taking numerous lessons.”
Bower’s senior year saw the Redbirds finish the season at 5-2 in the Southwestern Conference, assembling a 19-9 total conference record in Allan’s four years with the AHS varsity squad.
“He was also a leader at practice, pushing himself and others when needed,” Macias said. “He represents the school well at all times and had some big wins for our team.”
His team had first-place finishes at the Peoria Richwoods Invitational and Alton Doubles Invite this year as well, and it’s safe to say the Redbirds’ tennis program will remember Bower for years to come.
As an All Southwestern Conference team member his sophomore, junior and senior years, as well as being the team’s captain for the last two years, he’s been a catalyst in building up the Redbirds’ tennis program over the years.
He won the Alton Doubles Invite with Christian Freeman, another key player for the Redbirds this season. Mentioning Adam Ruckman as well, Bower said there were several talented players on his team worth a mention.
“We had high expectations coming into this season and we did pretty well in meeting them,” Bower said. “We had a lot of talented guys on the team and we all worked well with one another throughout our high school careers.”
Bower also finished third in the conference for No. 1 singles this year and last year, most recently beating a player from Belleville West in the conference tournament this year who had defeated him earlier in the year.
Adding on to his list of accolades, Bower was selected to the Southwestern Conference All Academic team his senior as well, carrying a GPA over 3.5.
“My years in high school were a learning experience, but I think I made the most out of them,” Bower said. “But I didn’t just do good as an individual; we went far as a team, and I think that says a lot about all of us.”