It’s been over a decade since Massac County High School has sent a tennis player to the big dance — aka, the IHSA state tournament. In the 2011 season, then-senior Max Farmer placed third in the Carbondale sectional to advance.

But freshman Tate Jennings, the sole player on the 2023 Patriots “team,” is on his way to the northwestern Chicago suburb of Palatine to represent Massac County as a singles player.

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