Approached about being a doubles team at the start of their prep careers at Moline, Pranav Puri and Justin Rumley elected to take different paths.
Ultimately, the duo came together for one final season on the tennis court playing on the same side of the net.
And they made it a season to remember.
Puri and Rumley won the Rock Island Sectional and Western Big 6 Conference doubles titles before winning two matches at state.
The senior pair were united one final time in their prep careers after being named the 2014 co-Boys' Tennis Players of the Year for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Favorite moment hanging out with the team? Puri: "After Justin and I lost our match Friday at state, we were pretty disappointed. We stayed up in Chicago that day watched a little bit of tennis, but that night we all went out to dinner as a team and played laser tag. For some reason, that sticks out to me, even though the season didn't end the way we wanted it to, we went out celebrated and just enjoyed what we had the past four years." Rumley: "When the top six would go up to Chicago, we would go out to eat with the coaches and afterword, we would always go to Dairy Queen. We would max out on some good ice cream and hang out around the hotel hot tub. I would say it was tradition, but each year is with a different group of guys and its a special experience."
What's your legacy at Moline? Puri: "That I left it all out on the court and grew as a player over my four years. Also that during my senior year, I was a good leader for the younger guys." Rumley: "Looking back, I would say hard work, determination and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Some players set limits for themselves. I went with no limits and was willing to do whatever it took to get the win."
Favorite moment on the court? Puri: "Playing against our No. 2 doubles team in the sectional championship. It was a lot of fun. We had always talked about playing each other in the sectional championship. We came a long way to get there, but it was a lot of fun playing them with a lot on the line." Rumley: "The whole postseason was great, but winning conference. I know Quincy's doubles team established themselves as the No. 2 team in the conference and came in really confident. Then in conference, they defeated our No. 2 in a super tiebreak and came into the championship looking to take down Moline. It was nice that the team rallied around us, and we were able to beat them at conference."
College you are planing to attend? Puri: "University of Chicago and majoring in economics." Rumley: "Black Hawk before transferring to Moody Bible Institute to pursue a pastoral degree."
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.