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Tennis team leaves Walker lasting memory

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Connor Jarvis holds up a jersey honoring Sean Walker. Walker died in September following a train accident.

Connor Jarvis holds up a jersey honoring Sean Walker. Walker died in September following a train accident.

Giselle Arellano

Giselle Arellano

Connor Jarvis holds up a jersey honoring Sean Walker. Walker died in September following a train accident.

Giselle Arellano, Staff Photographer

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Chaparral teachers and students signed a tennis jersey in memory of Sean Walker, who died in September after a tragic accident.

His former tennis partner and class of 2017 graduate, Connor Jarvis, thought it was the perfect way to remember his close friend.

“That jersey is my last memory of him in tennis,” Jarvis said, looking at the jersey that brought back good memories.

Jarvis and Walker were not only teammates, but also best friends.

Their friendship had started in middle school and eventually formed into a bonded foundation that heavily supported their goal to make it to state.

The two were one game away from qualifying for state, but due to a weather delay, any momentum that the duo built faded.

“We had so much chemistry built up. We grew and we were one person,” Jarvis said of the duo’s ability to perform at high levels.

Jarvis and Walker complemented each other well due to the fact they both held opposite characteristics. J

“I was the hotthead. He was the calm, cool collected guy,” said Jarvis, who admitted that Walker felt bad for some of the opposition after beating them.

His former tennis coach Karryn Hirsch helped organize the event.

“He was somebody people could easily converse with,” Hirsch said in an earlier interview. “A huge goofball that I’d gotten to know well over the two years he was part of the tennis team.”

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