The Logan High School tennis team is in a rebuilding stage this season as the Wildcats have a very young team both talent-wise and at the grade level.
The LHS boys are made up of senior Trevor Adkins, juniors Cameron Adkins, Kyle Fleming, and Kevin Damron and freshmen Chase Ooten and Zach Hill.
On the girls’ side, promising freshman RaeAnne Reed, along with a pair of other freshmen in Jala Hughes and Chelsea Spurlock are looking to contribute.
Sophomores Kenna Jeffrey and Cassidy Kazee and seniors Sammi Simpson and Hayley Hatfield also make up the team.
Hatfield is the younger sister of Zach Hatfield, who is currently playing at Fairmont State.
“I believe Hayley will be signing sometime soon to go there as well if everything works out for her,” Logan tennis coach Justin Turner said. “She is a great athlete and will be an excellent asset to Fairmont. That’s another thing we pride our program in is college scholarships. We have several kids every year that excel not only on the tennis court but in the classroom as well. This will make seven out of seven years I have been head coach at Logan High that have received tennis scholarships and we have also represented our school in the state tournament every year as well.”
Out of the 13 players eight of them are new to Logan High School tennis.
“So we have been going over fundamentals and will progress from there. Sometimes I believe we leave fundamentals out and it may hurt us in the long run,” Coach Turner said. “This will be our last season in Triple-A and we will be getting out of what I believe is the toughest region in the state with Huntington and Hurricane. It will be interesting next year as we will have more local teams in the mix and it will be great not to have to travel over an hour to get to our matches. Plus, we will be in the Cardinal Conference which I believe will give our kids something to look forward to as far as not only competing in the state tournament but competing for a conference title as well.
“I have never coached in Double-A. I have played in Double-A when we won the state championship in 2003. In tennis, Double-A and Single-A are combined when you get into tournament play. So it will be fun and we will get Chapmanville and surrounding schools back on the schedule once again.”
Logan tennis is building for the future.
“I really believe this tennis team will be on the rise. We have a great middle school program with Coach Bryan Kidd and he has several players that are on a upright track,” Turner said. “The key as I always say is what you put into it in the off season — the time you spend in the summer outside in the fall and winter utilizing the Chief Logan Rec Center courts. We have everything right here to utilize we just need the kids to step up and use it. But I see great things for the tennis program not only at Logan High but across the county.
“I know Chris Kidd does a great job doing summer programs at Chapmanville and we will try to do some summer camps for kindergarten through seventh grade in June and July.”
Turner said he hopes the LHS tennis team is in full swing by the end of the season.
“As we prepare to start playing matches I know this team will try and put forth there best effort and hopefully we can make it back to the state tournament once again in May,” he said. “I encourage everyone to come out and support these athletes and if your child is interested in playing bring them out and let them watch some matches it is all free just show up by the tennis courts.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).