After yet another stellar season, the Grayson County High School tennis teams held their annual awards cookout at the James D. Beville City Park pavilion this past weekend.
Head coach Sherry Vincent awarded Block “G” letters to seven of her top girls and six of her top boys. Certificates of Participation went to 14 boys and seven girls.
In addition, individual awards were handed out. Freshman Grace Gorby, who won the 3rd Region Singles Championship for the second straight year and who finished the season with a 16-1 overall record, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Gorby also took home the girl’s Dominant Singles award. Senior Cameron Hicks took home the same award for the boys after a 7-4 season, in which he earned and maintained the number-one seed.
Hicks combined with junior Sam Embry to take home the boys’ Best Doubles Award. Including the post-season, the pair finished the year with an 11-3 record. Sophomore Bailey Decker and seventh-grader Kandler Lindsey won the award on the girls’ side, finishing with a record of 6-4 for the year.
Lindsey took another award home with her, the Most Improved Player for the girls. Playing as the 5th or 6th singles seed all season, Lindsey finished with a 10-1 record. Eighth-grader Lincoln Nichols won that same award for the boys. He maintained the number 6 seed during the year and finished with a 9-2 record.
The Varsity Newcomer Awards went to eighth-grader Logan Majors and freshman Kourtnee Hayes. Majors played out of the 5th or 6th seed as a singles player and finished the year with a 7-2 record. He had a season record of 8-3 as a doubles player.
Hayes was seeded 5, 6, or 7 during the season as a singles player with an overall record of 10-2. As a doubles player she was 11-3 overall.
The Sportsmanship Awards went to eighth-grader Spencer Sharp and senior Courtney Vincent. As a singles player, Vincent had an undefeated regular season at 13-0. She also finished the year 6-2 in doubles.
“Courtney battles on the court and always provides a positive environment,” Vincent said. “She is a leader on the team in doing the right things, and is always respectful of her opponent.”
Sharp was 7-5 overall as a singles player and was 6-0 in doubles.
Vincent said Sharp was selected “… for his play on the court and as a teammate. He communicates well on the court.”
Rising Junior Player Awards went to eighth-graders Josh Embry and Keragan Collard.
The Rookie Player Award for the girls went to Kennedy Childress. “Her most impressive attribute is her work ethic,” Vincent said.
Sharp was the recipient of the coveted James D. Killingbeck Award, based on his willingness to battle, his passion and his work ethic.
Finally, awarded for their All-Court Play, were Vincent and eighth-grader Isaac Jarboe.