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Story published: 05-15-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Longhorn tennis has strong showing against Cyclones


By Jonathan Pleasant

The JCHS tennis team celebrated senior night in an extremely tough and often close match up against the top ranked Elizabethton Cyclones. Although many of the individual sets did not go in the Longhorns favor, the final scores did not accurately depict just how close some of those games were.

“We knew they were going to be tough,” said head Coach Steve Nave “They’re all getting better and that’s all I’ve asked for. Timmy Bellamy played well, Travis Stockinger played well for a while and we had some close matches, but we just didn’t come out on top in many of them. Dawn Lewis played unbelievable. She lost six to eight but she had some really good shots. Amber Brown played another close one and Krista Warren played really good at number one. It’s hard to get wins at number one and she was right there the whole way. I still think they’re going to be a really good team when they get a little older.”

Bellamy was one of the team’s six seniors on the court and the only member of Johnson County’s team to pull out an individual win. Poised as one of the strongest competitors in the region, Nave has been both proud and amazed at Bellamy’s progress. “Timmy is just now starting to take it serious but he could potentially get a scholarship and take it to college,” Nave said. “Timmy was our only win today at eight to four, and the guy he beat is the number three in the conference. I couldn’t be happier with his season. He’s really grown up and been a team player all year. He’s even going to be conference player of the year. That makes for two straight years that we’re going to have the conference player of the year, which is a pretty big feat for Johnson County Tennis.”

Yet Bellamy has not been alone in gaining success and notoriety. Fellow seniors Joey Porter, Ryan Whitener, and Travis Stockinger have had some very big wins this year, even over some extremely strong competition, such as the Unicoi County Blue Devils. In fact, with so much success and improvement across the board, Nave had nothing but good to say about the team’s performance. “Joey and Timmy have played all four years,” Nave commented.  “Joey has just gotten so much better it’s amazing how much better he actually is. Ryan Whitener has played well all year. He hasn’t gotten as many wins as he probably should have but he’s played well all year. I expect him to advance in the districts this week. Travis Stockinger just started last year and he improved tremendously in two years. If he had played all four he would have been really tough.”

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