Academy tennis team finishes season
Published 9:52 pm Friday, May 11, 2018
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Alex Wilson made it to the semifinals of the GISA state tournament to lead the way for the LaGrange Academy tennis teams this season.
Wilson, competing in the state tournament in Macon, won two matches before falling short against Cameron Godwin of Westwood School.
Godwin won the state title.
Wilson, LaGrange Academy’s number one singles player, won six of his seven matches during the regular season.
In the region tournament, Wilson reached the championship match before falling to Alex Stamenkovic of Flint River.
At the state tournament, Wilson beat Johan Lopez of Monsignor Donovan and Payton Bradshaw of Citizens Christian before falling in the semifinals.
Will Holmes, LaGrange Academy’s number two singles player, won six of seven matches during the regular season.
Holmes lost in the quarterfinals of the region tournament.
LaGrange Academy’s girls’ team was led by number one singles player Lily Kamat, who won five of her seven regular-season matches.
Elaina Hollander won three of five matches at number two singles, Maddie Nolen won a pair of matches at number three singles, and Amber Corley won one singles match.
Corley also teamed up with Riley Whitlow to win a doubles match.
It was the final season for seniors Elaina Horlander, Will Holmes, Fikayo Oshinowo and Joseph Ragland.
It was also the last season for Joey Keeth as LaGrange Academy’s coach.
“The seniors have grown in confidence each year, played hard for the Academy, and helped the other members of the team,” Keeth said. “They have welcomed eight newcomers to the team this year. These mainly eighth-graders, witnessed the good conduct and play of our seniors, and have laid good groundwork for next year.”
Keeth added that “Chase Whitlow and Maddie Nolen have played number three spots in singles, Riley Whitlow, Amber Corley, Chloe Harrell, Nancy Caldwell, Milan Patel, and Lee Songhun played doubles.”