In 2015 Fairfield Bay was named the “Happiest City in Arkansas.” Six years later, it’s still pretty nice but that’s not the reason Jackson Dison threatened to stay there.
Parkers Chapel’s sophomore said he wasn’t coming home unless he won the singles championship Tuesday in the 2A State Tennis Tournament.
He’s coming home and he’s bringing hardware with him.
Dison didn’t drop a set in the tournament, blitzing Maumelle Charter’s Ben Conklin in the final 6-0, 6-0. He advanced with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) win over Jack Isola of Haas Hall Bentonville in the semifinals.
“I’m happy. I don’t have many special feelings. This has been coming for a long time,” Dison said. “I’m undeniable whether you like me or not. Most people here really didn’t but I got it done.”
On Monday, Dison won in the first round 6-1, 6-0 and in the second round 6-3, 6-1.
The semifinal match was, by far, his most difficult. He trailed, serving at 3-5, in both sets.
“Obviously I was kind of nervous. I just kept telling myself that I had to win. I wouldn’t go home unless I won,” he said. “It’s just an endurance. It’s a what you tell yourself thing.”
In the championship match, it was complete dominance.
“I just played lights out. There wasn’t much he could do,” Dison said. “My serve was on, forehand was on. I was just hyped up. All of PC was there. It was everything I could’ve asked for. It was like, finally, my moment came.”
Dison’s performance helped the Trojans claim the team title. Overall, the resort town of Fairfield Bay was an enjoyable experience.
“It felt great. I was more than happy with me and the team,” Dison said. “I’m proud of the team. I think I had a good season. I went undefeated all season even up until state. I don’t talk about myself really that much because I don’t want to say anything that would come off as cocky. But, I’m dangerous on my day. You don’t want to play me when I’m on and today I was on. I had to win. It was all for PC. I love my school.”