WCHS tennis players snag district honors
By Sparta Live | May 19, 2014 12:00 am
As spring sports season came to an end, the coaches of each respective sport in District 6AAA got together and voted on the season ending awards for each of their teams.
The White County High School tennis team had several players earn recognition on the postseason glitter squad led by Cole Crosland earning superlative honors as Freshman of the Year.
Five WCHS players were named second team for singles while three doubles teams also earned second team honors.
Tennis postseason honors are handed out based on the position they play during the season and their won/loss records during district play at that spot.
On the girls’ side of things, Lacee Hitchcock and Sarah Ward were honored as were Warriors Mitchell Lamb and Haden Welch, along with Crosland, all in singles play.
Honors for doubles went to the female tandem of Sarah Ward and Shea Harris. The male duos of Crosland/Peyton Mitchell and Lamb/Welch were recognized.
Coach Nicole Delaney discussed her team, “The team, as a whole, has accomplished so many “firsts” for me as a coach and have been the most pleasant surprise in many different ways.”
“For the girls,” added Delaney, “Lacee has been such a constant and such a dependable force that she deserves any honor that comes her way. I rely on Lacee for leadership and she is my little backbone. I have watched her grow into a competitor that gives 100 percent with grace and perseverance. Sarah has been racking up district awards throughout her tennis career. She is possibly one of the most mentally tough players that I have coached and seems to always find a way to come up with a win. Sarah and Shea did a fantastic job competing at number two doubles and came up with big wins all year. I look forward to their leadership next year.”
The good news for Delaney on the boys’ side is that she returns all of her All District players next season.
She continued, “This boys’ team has shown incredible maturity beyond their years with some of the goals they have accomplished. Our districts honors consisted of two freshmen and two sophomores and this makes for a bright future. I have never had a freshman number one, never had a number one with an overall winning record and cannot say enough positive comments about Cole Crosland. He is just a competitor in every sense of the word and his attitude speaks volumes on the tennis court. There is not a more deserving player than Cole for Freshman of the Year and district honors.
“My other freshman, Haden Welch, has grown as a player and found his mojo with Mitchell Lamb as a partner. Haden improved all year and I am looking for such big things from him in the future of WCHS tennis. Toward the end of the year, Haden wanted to challenge for a higher position. I asked him how determined he was to play up a position, without missing a beat, he simply answered, ‘Very determined.’ You have to love and respect that attitude. Sophomore, Peyton Mitchell came to us from baseball and played the number three spot and number one doubles. Peyton and Cole were constants in the victory column and Peyton is determined to improve his game, I am thrilled to have him as part of the tennis team. When I talk about Mitchell Lamb, I cannot help but smile. Mitchell brings his athleticism to the tennis courts and his winning attitude to overcome some opponents that may have better strokes or harder serve, but they cannot find a way to beat Mitchell. He just works so hard every time he steps onto the court and has been an encourager and part of the leadership of the team. I am proud of all of my players and look forward to a bright future.”