LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan Middle School tennis team is having a breakout season, having recently secured the county championship.
The first half of the fall season has gone well for both the LMS boys and girls teams.
The boys team consists of six players: Jackson Akers, Riley Reed, Luke Jeffrey, William Stanley, Sam Adkins and Dakota Workman. They are 5-2 overall and secured the county championship with their second win out of three contests recently against the rival Chapmanville Tigers on Sept. 28.
The LMS girls’ team consists of nine players: Savannah Baisden, Katarina Curry, Jade Lukacs, Hannah Thompson, Brooke Ooten, Kalea Fleming, Alex Vickers, Rian Phillips and Cayde Bevino. The Logan girls similarly secured the county championship with a win over the Tigers on Sept. 28 with a 7-0 victory. The LMS girls have started their season off with an impressive 6-1 overall record.
The Logan Middle School teams started off their season opener playing at Chapmanville and winning 7-0 on the boys’ side and 5-2 in girls’ action.
Akers and Reed each won their singles matches by 6-0 scores. Lukacs also won her match 6-3. Thompson also prevailed in her match 7-6 (7-0).
Curry and Baisden won 6-2 in their doubles match. Lukacs and Thompson also won 6-3 in doubles. Ooten and Fleming (6-2) and Vickers and Phillips (6-1) also prevailed in doubles for LMS.
Logan Middle’s second match was at Mid-Valley Athletic Conference heavyweight Hurricane. The LMS girls lost 7-0 while playing some competitive matches. The Logan boys lost 6-1. Reed broke through and won his singles match 6-2.
LMS then moved on to play its first home match of the season against Ripley.
Both the boys and girls teams won 7-0.
All of the boys won their singles and doubles matches 6-0 in a rout.
The girls had a more competitive match while still getting the clean sweep.
Baisden (6-1), Curry (7-5), Lukacs (6-3) and Thompson (6-2) all won in singles action. Baisden and Curry (6-2), Lukacs and Thompson (6-2), Ooten and Fleming (6-4) and Bevino and Ooten (4-0) won in doubles.
Logan Middle then hosted Poca and both teams won in a 7-0 rout. Curry (6-1) and Lukacs (6-3) won in singles. Lukacs and Thompson (6-1) won in doubles. The rest of the girls’ matches were 6-0 wins. The LMS boys won 6-0 in every match except in the No. 1 seed doubles where Akers and Jeffrey won 6-2.
LMS then moved on to play MVAC favorite Winfield. The Logan girls shocked Winfield in a tight 4-3 decisions. The Logan boys lost 4-3.
Curry (8-5) and Thompson (8-1) won in singles. Lukacs and Thompson won 9-8 (7-4) in doubles. Ooten and Fleming (8-0) also won in doubles.
On the boys’ side, Akers won 8-5 in singles. Reed also won in singles, 8-4, as did Adkins, who was down 5-1 only to come back to win 8-6. In doubles action, Reed and Stanley (8-2) prevailed.
“That was the match of the season for our team,” LMS coach Bryan Kidd said of the Adkins comeback win. “I always tell them that there is no clock that will run out. There is nobody that person can pass the ball to. That one person has to beat you and until the final point. Keep fighting! Sam did just that in a gutty win.”
Moving into the late part of the regular season Coach Kidd is optimistic.
“We are actually favorites to win the MVAC in several positions and with a few breaks we could win the whole conference as a team,” he said. “That has only happened once since we have started tennis at LMS and that was under Coach Jack Bailey. We started this season with two goals in mind. The first goal was to win the county championship which we just accomplished. Our second and bigger goal is to be conference champions.”
The LMS tennis team is scheduled for matches over the next two weeks before competing in the Mid-Valley Athletic Conference tournament at Huntington’s Ritter Park on Saturday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).