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LC tennis in rebuilding mode

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Lady Falcon Tennis Team

Taking the court for the Lincoln County ladies are (front, from left) Sarah Watson, Morgan Helums, Lauren Gower, Shannon Durrenberger, Jasmine Bello, Chelsi Wheat, Jessica Pearson, (standing) Hayley McGee, Allie Bridge, Allie Perez, Linley Gifford, SheaLeah McDonald, Hanna Counts, Ashley Atkinson and Assistant Coach Amy Starr. Not pictured are Bella Beddingfield and Head Coach Jonathan Brown. (Click here to purchase photo.)

Lincoln County High School’s tennis teams are in the rebuilding mode in 2013.

With the girls losing their 1-4 position players to graduation and four returning from last year’s team, it’s a battle to see who will fill the five positions for district tournament action.

The boys have just two returning from last year’s team.

The Lady Falcons return Morgan Helums, Hanna Counts and Chelsi Wheat who all have some varsity experience. Sarah Watson who returns as well is expected to be a key contributor.

Freshmen Lauren Gower is expected to push Helums, Counts and Wheat for their spots during the season.

“It will be a big step up for the girls since the top four graduated last year,” said Coach Jonathan Brown. “They will have to step up their levels to compete quickly as we’re opening our season in district play.”

Also expected to be in the mix are Ashley Atkinson and Jasmine Bello.

Falcon Tennis Team

Taking the court for Lincoln County High School’s Falcons in 2013 are (from left) Daniel Selfridge, Barrett Wright, Patrick Scott, Blaze Harrell, Matthew Posey, Justin Plunkett and Brian Shouse. Not pictured is Coach Jonathan Brown. (Click here to purchase photo.)

The boys have just two returning from last year’s team, Daniel Selfridge and Matthew Posey. From that point, it’s a battle between Barrett Wright, Patrick Scott, Brian Shouse, Justin Plunkett and Blaze Harrell to see who’ll finish out the five spots for varsity action.

“Daniel will work as our one, and he has the talent to win our district,” added Coach Brown. “Matthew is also back stepping up at the two this year and is probably the most improved player in our district and definitely on the team. He will surprise some people this year.

“The success of the boys’ program will depend on how the other guys step up to fill the other spots. We’ve got to be strong from the one through five to compete.”

Tullahoma and Columbia are expected to be the powerhouse teams in the girls’ district action. Shelbyville is expected to be the force in the boys’ play.

LCHS was to open their season on Monday of this week hosting Columbia. Thursday, they travel to Franklin County, getting underway at 4 p.m. On March 25, Lincoln County travels to Shelbyville starting at 4 p.m.