Pete Stroer

Pete StroerOne of the top players in the history of Salina High School tennis, Pete Stroer was a dominating force during his four-year career at Salina Central.

Stroer became the first Salina player to win a boys state singles title when he went unbeaten as a sophomore, then won a second class 5A state title to cap off his senior season in 1999.

His career record of 119-7 included a 35-0 mark as a sophomore, and he won 90 of his 92 matches over his final three seasons. He also had a string of 66 consecutive wins over his sophomore and junior seasons. He placed second at state as a junior, then won his state title as
a senior while wearing a cast on his sprained right ankle. That injury forced him to miss two tournaments earlier in the season.

Stroer went unbeaten over four years at 1-70 league tournaments, helping the Mustangs to team titles all four years. Central also won a class 5A state team title in 1998, and placed second at state in Stroer’s freshman, sophomore and senior seasons.

Stroer went on to compete in tennis at the University of Kansas and later transferred to the University of Texas. At both Kansas and Texas, Stroer was the team captain, he went on to play professional tennis, at Central, Stroer was a standout on the basketball court. He earned all-league honors following his junior and senior seasons, and in his final year, led the Mustangs in scoring (18.5 PPG) and led the league in rebounding at 8.8 boards a game.