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FORT KENT, Maine — Although Ryan Chasse no longer walks the halls as a student of Fort Kent Community High School, having graduated in 2016, the star athlete's presence will forever remain there.
The school officially retired Chasse's tennis jersey at a special celebration in the CHS gymnasium between varsity basketball games on Friday, Dec. 29. His encased jersey will from here-after hang on the hallway wall outside the gym.
"Ryan is the first ever tennis player to have his jersey retired," SAD 27 Athletic Director Eric Werntgen told the audience gathered at the high school on Friday. "He ranks as one of the best tennis players to ever wear Warrior green on the hard courts. More importantly, Ryan excelled in the classroom while at CHS."
Chasse is now a sophomore studying political science at NCAA Division III Thomas College in Waterville where he continues to earn academic recognition on the dean's list. He also continues his illustrious tennis career at Thomas College, having earned a spot as first singles on the tennis team his freshman year.
His parents, Carl and Sharon Chasse, as well as his brother Sam and sister Nicole joined him at mid-court of the CHS gymnasium on Friday where the audience recognized Ryan Chasse with a standing ovation.
Ryan Chasse's paternal grandparents, Dr. Marc and Priscilla Chasse, also attended the ceremony, as did other relatives and friends.
"It felt great, I was very happy to be recognized for my accomplishments," Ryan Chasse said on Saturday. "I attribute my success on the tennis court to my coaches, Lee Theriault and Matt Anderson. They always pushed me to get better. And I attribute my success in the classroom to my parents, who put a lot of value in my academic success."
During his time at CHS, Ryan Chasse had a career record 53-1, with only one loss, which occurred during his freshman year. He was first singles during his sophomore, junior and senior years at CHS where he led the tennis team to four straight Eastern Maine Class C Semifinals.
He was named All Aroostook Team all four years of high-school, from 2013-2016, Penobscot Valley Conference First Team 2014-2016, and Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Ryan Chasse also excelled in soccer and basketball and played baseball for one year at CHS.
"I am very grateful to be recognized and I hope to continue to play tennis throughout college and for the rest of my life really," he said on Saturday.