by Michelle Gardner – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Tennis standout Ian Habbestad of Damien has had quite the start to his high school career.
Habbestad won in dominant fashion, not dropping a set in any of his four matches. In the final he bested Rancho Cucamonga’s Miles Clark 6-0, 6-2.
Clark was one of just two players that had beaten him this season.
“He is a very talented young player,” Damien coach Bill Urquhart said. “I can’t say him winning it this year was a surprise because he won it last year too. He has been the bright spot for us this year.”
Habbestad is 56-2 on the season which includes a 29-1 in league play.
He has earned a spot in the CIF sectional coming up in Redlands but he will not compete due to a previously schedule family commitment out of town.
“I know he’s disappointed but he will have the chance again,” the coach said of his player missing the rest of the postseason.