At the recent 2016 Tennis Awards Picnic, held at the James D. Beville City Park, head coach Sherry Vincent asked the question – What matters most outside of talent for a tennis team?
Vincent realizes that the best players do not always make the best team leaders.
“You have to protect your team culture,” Vincent said. “This is a battle that is waged daily. To be successful, culture must be intentionally thought out. It all begins by holding leaders accountable… they must be willing to bring positive contributions.”
Team captains Grace Gorby and Emma Escue, and Sam Embry and Tristan Deering were recognized, along with Junior Development co-captains Claire Elmore and Madison Edwards, and Spencer Cannon and Miles Hornbeck.
Varsity Letters were earned by Lady Cougars’ Emma Escue, Grace Gorby, Kourtnee Hayes, Bailey Decker, Kandler Lindsey, Mackenzie Edwards, Keragan Collard and Sydney Rogers.
Earning letters for the Cougars were Sam Embry, Isaac Jarboe, Spencer Sharp, Lincoln Nichols, Miles Hornbeck, Spencer Cannon and Maxton Cummings.
Season awards were handed out as well. Gorby was named the Lady Cougars’ Dominant Singles Player after a 13-2 season that included being the Regional Runner-up.
Hayes and Mackenzie Edwards were named the Lady Cougars’ Best Doubles team, and Hayes also earned awards as the team’s Most Improved Player and she picked up the Sportsmanship Award.
Kandler Lindsey received the Varsity Newcomer Award and Sydney Rogers was named Rising Junior Player. Bailey Decker received the Dr. Jim Killingbeck Award.
For the Cougars, Embry and Jarboe were tabbed as the Best Doubles team. Cannon was named the Most Improved Player and Hornbeck was named Varsity Newcomer.
Embry took home the Sportsmanship Award, while Cummings was named as Rising Junior Player. Jarboe took the award for his All-Court Game.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.