LIMA – Former Lima Central Catholic multi-sport athlete John Kidd has learned to balance his life.
During his high school days at LCC, Kidd was a standout on the basketball court all four years, where he was an integral part of the 2010 state championship team.
Kidd also was a two-time state runner-up in tennis – partnering with Alex Swick in doubles those two stellar seasons. Kidd also played golf and ran cross country. He was on the LCC golf team that finished second at state in 2011.
However, when he got to the University of Findlay, Kidd eventually narrowed down his sports resume to just one – and that was tennis. He graduated in 2016 from Findlay, where he excelled all four years on the tennis team.
Kidd resides in Lima, and runs a financial services business.
This weekend, Kidd is vying for his third Lima Area Tennis Association City Singles tennis title. Today, Kidd will take on the winner of the other semifinal match, between Jackson Schaaf and Isaac Hanover, for the men’s title. The Schaaf/Hanover semifinal is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the championship match following around 10:30 a.m. at the University of Northwestern Ohio. If the weather does not cooperate, then the tournament will be moved indoors at Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center. All of Saturday’s matches took place at Westwood.
However, Kidd could not resist jumping back into one of his other loves – golf – as he competed earlier this week in the Lima City Golf Tournament, where he eventually bowed out in the Championship Flight.
On Saturday, Kidd pulled out his tennis racket and went to work as he first defeated Curtis Hughes 6-0, 6-0. Then, Kidd disposed of former Van Wert standout Brandon Amstutz 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the championship match.
Last year, Kidd did not play in the Lima City Singles Tournament.
“Last year, I played quite a few (tennis) tournaments,” Kidd said. “They coincided with the Lima ones, so I missed out on the Lima City Tournament. It’s always good to come back and play in the Lima tournaments.”
The City Golf Tournament was one of those tournaments Kidd was referring to.
“This was the first tournament golf I’ve played since high school,” Kidd said with a smile. “So, it’s been about seven or eight years since I played a tournament-round of golf. It’s definitely a lot more competitive than just going out and playing a round of golf with my dad or someone else, but it was good to just get out and compete.”
Kidd was fully aware of the possible conflict this weekend, if he was successful in advancing in the Lima City Golf Tournament.
“I actually signed up for the City Golf (tournament) first, because I haven’t played in that before,” Kidd said. “So, I thought I would give it a shot and see how I would do. I talked to Jeff (Brown, three-time City Singles tennis champion and City Tennis director) as the City Singles got closer. He said, ‘No problem. We’ll be able to make it fit around our schedule here and make it work out. If you make it to Saturday and Sunday (in the golf tournament), we’ll make things work’.”
Kidd and Brown know each other quite well. The two have squared off four times in the City Singles Tournament, with each of them recording two wins. In all, Brown has won three City Singles titles. This year, due to injuries and a hectic schedule, Brown decided not to play in the City Singles.
When Kidd went to Findlay, he struggled on which sport to focus on. He excelled at a high level in both basketball and tennis, and originally wanted to do both at the college level.
“As time went on, it looked like I wasn’t going to get much playing time my freshman year (in basketball), and then maybe get a little more time my sophomore year,” Kidd said. “With basketball, I started to burn out a little bit, playing in all those AAU tournaments and things like that. I went in (to college) with the understanding that I wouldn’t see the floor my first year, except for practice. I was getting a little burned out. I decided to choose tennis over basketball. I wish I would have given both of them a shot, but overall I was happy.”
Along with his busy career, Kidd still finds time to coach eighth-grade boys’ basketball at LCC, and also is an assistant tennis coach at Findlay High School.
On the girls’ side of the City Singles tournament, Ada product and now Ohio Northern University junior Mackenzie Wills advanced to today’s championship match.
Wills started off Saturday with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Deserene Brown. Then, Wills came back a little later and defeated Katie Clark 6-2, 6-1 in a semifinal.
Wills awaits the winner of this morning’s semifinal match between MyKaela Schriber and Madison Schroeder. Schriber and Schroeder are scheduled to square off at 9 a.m., with the championship match to follow.
Wills lost in last year’s title match to Marina Fuduric. Wills competes on the ONU tennis team.
“This is more like fun for me, because I don’t get many opportunities,” Wills said. “So, I’m just going to go in and try to play my best.”