Family ties on the
Brother and sister
Ryan and Lauren Drew serve up success story
Express Staff Writer
they were born 17 months apart, siblings Ryan and Lauren Drew of Hailey
seem a lot like twins.
resemble each other, both with brown hair and open faces. They look at
each other while thinking and finish each other’s sentences and
at the scene of so many of their successes, Ryan Drew and Lauren Drew
support each other during last weekend’s district tennis tournament at
Sun Valley Tennis Club. Express photo by David N. Seelig
marked characteristic The Community School seniors share is a killer
instinct on the tennis court.
a three-time state champion and four-time district champion in girls’
singles, admits, "My goal used to be to make people cry.
know it’s a mean thing to say, but I would get so much joy out of
hitter with the return qualities of an unstamped letter, Lauren has been
the cause of many tears. She just wears down her opponents.
years of district tournament play she has dropped only 13 games and never
lost a set. Lauren has won 11 consecutive matches at the state tournament
little more cool and collected on the court, 19-year-old Ryan is no less
He is the
reigning A-2 state titlist and four-time district champion in boys’
singles. At the state tournament his only losses in 13 matches came to
1999 and 2000 state champ Andy Livingston of Bishop Kelly.
sister, Ryan has the distinction of never playing a third set in a
district tournament and losing only 18 games in four years of stellar
practice and commitment have defined them.
Drew drills a winner during her district girls’ singles title quest
last weekend at Sun Valley. Express photo by David N. Seelig
were hard workers when they were younger," step-father and coach Mark
Scribner said. "Ryan made the decision to play when he was 10 or 11
and Lauren about a year after that and then they dedicated themselves to
devotion meant waking up when it was still dark outside (and cold which
Lauren hates) so they could practice before school.
forgoing other sports. Ryan dropped hockey and baseball in favor of
tennis. Lauren gave up softball and soccer to concentrate on tennis.
their senior year, with their tennis dominance firmly established, did
they branch out—Ryan stepping into a starting role on the Cutthroat boys’
basketball team and Lauren having a great time serving for The Community
School volleyball team last fall.
felt deprived by their sacrifices for tennis.
wasn’t really a big deal," Lauren said.
always had an affinity for tennis," Ryan added.
by it honestly.
give their mother Kathy and father Carl credit for introducing them to the
game. They also credit their step-father, longtime local tennis pro Mark
Scribner, for helping them hone their skills.
has been very instrumental in our success. What Mark has taught us has
brought us such a long way," Ryan remarked.
moved here in the 1980s. Lauren and Ryan started kindergarten at Hemingway
Elementary School in Ketchum, moved on to Wood River Middle School and
then to The Community School when they were freshmen.
attendance at the Sun Valley independent school has coincided with a
remarkable run of success on the court.
the Cutthroats have won five consecutive Fourth District tennis
championships and finished no worse than fourth in state Class B play.
Last year, boosted by singles’ wins by Lauren and Ryan, the team
captured its first-ever state tennis championship.
"I thought it was really neat to team see a tennis banner up in our
gym, instead of seeing our individual names."
being part of a team, which they thoroughly enjoy, the Drews lean heavily
on one another for inspiration. Especially in the winter months when court
time and playing partners are hard to come by.
and I have to count on ourselves to motivate and go out and
practice," Lauren said.
is more mentally tough on the court than I am. She helps me work
harder," Ryan said.
Kathy, said the kids have always been close.
have always been really good friends. Always gotten along. Ryan was
accepting right from the start and being the older one, I think that set
the tone. There was never any jealousy," Kathy said.
graduation in June, the pair plans to enjoy the summer in Ketchum before
heading off to college in the fall.
to attend Ohio-Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio and Lauren will be a freshman at
Scripps College in Claremont, California.
looking forward to college and they plan to play tennis at their
respective Division III schools.
goal has always been to play college tennis. I am just really happy to be
able to go do that," Ryan said.
the appeal is two-fold. Not only is she going to a top-notch tennis
school, she is going to California—the land of sun, sand and surf.
(school) had to be some place warm. I don’t like winter," she said.
dark winter mornings and diligent work have brought the pair unprecedented
success on the prep level. It has also given them a platform for the
And just as
Lauren likes it, what lies ahead looks bright and sunny.