Reed Whitney on his way to the Naval Academy

Monday, October 8, 2012
Whitney Reed

Reed Whitney, a junior at Mary Institute Country Day School in Ladue, Mo., is a good student and a good athlete. He is earning a name for himself playing squash and is ranked No. 10 best junior squash player in the nation and was ranked as high as No. 5.

He plans to take his talents all the way to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He wants to play for the Navy.

Squash is a fast-paced game, played with a racquet smaller than a tennis racquet.

Reed is the son of Marv and Jen Whitley of Ladue, Mo. His dad, Marv, is a native of Arkansas. His mother, Jen, was an outstanding tennis player before she suffered a knee injury while playing at the University of Kansas.

Reed is the grandson of Michael and Judie (Whitney) Pohlod of Tuscalossa, Ala., and the late Harland and Marge Denkmann of Town and Country, Mo. Great-grandparents are Willie V. Whitney of Manila, and the late Rev. Guy M. Whitney, Sr.

Reed has a Navy heritage as his great-grandfather, Rev. Guy Whitney, Sr., and his great-uncle, Billie G. Lewis, were Navy men.

Reed has international experience in squash as he played last summer in both the Italian and German opens, finishing 13th in the tournament in Italy.

A year and a half ago, prior to serious training, he was ranked 27th in the nation.

Reed is looking forward to the Naval Academy. He wants to give back by serving his country. He recently received a letter of acceptance from the squash coach at the Academy, Draig Dawson. Reed is one of the earliest athletes to ever have been accepted.

"Reed is a blue chip recruit for our class of 2017," said the coach. "Having Reed accept early will certainly help this year's recruiting effort."

The Naval Academy invests more than $1 million with each of their plebes and he will be required to serve on active duty with the U.S. Navy upon graduation. Graduates of Annapolis are commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Navy.

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