The Logan Middle School girls have enjoyed a successful start to their season with a winning record and have captured its first county title in three years.
LMS has four returning players from last season’s roster: Emma Justice, RaeAnne Reed, Alexis Jones and Cassidy Kazee. The other eight players that make up the rirls team are new to the team.
Coach Bryan Kidd is in his third season of coaching the Timberwolves’ tennis program and said he is enjoying the early success of his girls team.
“I was lucky to have a young team last year,” Kidd said. “I only lost a few of my top six players from last year to the high school so we had some experience coming back this year. That’s really been a first for me while coaching this program. Almost every year, I’ve had mostly brand new players in my top six which has made it tough to compete with other teams in our conference. Although the majority of players on my team are brand new, we are strong up front with my top four players which helps us be competitive. But I am so impressed with the progress the new players have made. I’m amazed how well they are playing already.”
Earlier this season, the LMS girls defeated Ravenswood 7-0.
Logan girls’ No. 1 seed Justice defeated Ravenswood’s Kaylin Butler 8-0.
LMS No. 2 seed Reed defeated Jillian Thornsbury 8-0.
No. 3 seed Jones defeated Sheridin Hinyman 8-3.
LMS No. 4 Kazee defeated Sammi Pittman 8-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Justice and Jones won 8-4 over Butler and Thornsbury.
No. 2 doubles team of Reed and Kazee won 8-0 over Hinyman and Pittman. The No. 3 doubles team of Jamie Farmer and Chelby Miller won 8-0 over Jenny Dixon and Emma Weekley.
Against county rival Chapmanville, the Timberwolves again split as the LMS girls defeated Chapmanville 6-1, while the CMS boys knocked off the LMS boys 7-0.
In the girls matches: Logan’s No. 1 seed Justice defeated Ciera Stowers 6-4; LMS No. 2 seed Reed defeated Charlee Mullins 6-0; Jones of Logan won 7-5 over Mackenzie Phillpps; and the Timberwolves’ Kazee won 6-2 over Emily Gore.
In doubles, Stowers and Gore defeated Justice and Jones 6-3, while Reed and Kazee defeated Mullins and Phillpps 6-1. In No. 3 doubles, Logan’s Jamie Ball and Chelby Miller defeated Myka Veres and Kelsey Lemmon of Chapmanville 9-7.
In the boys matches, Chapmanville’s Austin Hanshaw defeated Logan’s Casey Walsh 6-0, while No. 2 seed Alec Stowers defeated Logan’s Chase Ooten 6-1. In the No. 3 singles the Tigers’ Preston Dingess won 6-0 over Logan’s Adam Heflin, while Chapmanville’s Levi Adkins won his No. 4 singles match 6-3 over Logan’s Tyler Ball. In doubles, the CMS team of Hanshaw and Dingess defeated Walsh and Ooten 6-2. Stowers and Adkins won 6-0 and the No. 3 team of James Carrier and Casey Adkins won 7-5 over Heflin and Ball for the Tigers.
The Logan boys team has enjoyed less success this season with their 1-4.
“Again, these boys are just learning the sport but they are getting so much better,” Coach Kidd said. “This is the first time I’ve had enough boys to play a full match and have a chance to win some. Our fist win just happened the other day and I think we have a few other chances out there to steal some wins. They are a good group of boys.”
LMS is back in action next week with two home matches at 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday vs. conference powers Hurricane and Winfield.