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Stevens, Chris '87 - Squash

Chris Stevens from the Class of 1987 was introduced to squash by Kerry Martin in the Lower School. It didn’t take him long to master the sport. In an ACTA from those early days, Coach Martin called Chris Stevens the best Grade 6 player he’d ever seen at Ridley. During a US tour in 1982, his Ridley coach watched with pride as Chris ended up beating a player on the Princeton Junior Varsity team when he was only in Grade 8. Sandy Peters coached Chris for two years in the Upper School before he moved on to Crescent School in Toronto, where several of the best junior players in the country were playing at the time. Years later, Chris was reunited with former Ridley teammate Derek Finkle on the varsity team at Princeton University, along with Sandy Peters who joined the coaching staff at Princeton for a year while on sabbatical from Ridley. That year, 1988, the team would go on to win the National Championship, followed by the Ivy League Championship in 1989. Chris’ drive to succeed led to him making the All-Ivy League Team from 1988-1991 and being named First Team All-American three times over. Derek Finkle recalls, “Chris wasn’t a flashy player, but I can honestly say he was one of the most tenacious competitors I ever played against. He was a Nadal-like squash player – consistent, powerful and extremely fit. He also had a reputation for losing the first two games and then coming back to win the next three. One season he did this five times.”
“His will to win was through the roof.” – Former teammate at Ridley and Princeton, Derek Finkle ‘86
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