Midlands high school Spring sports preview

March 12, 2013 

Sophomore Logan Adkins returns to lead a strong Lexington boys tennis squad.

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BOYS GOLF

Five story lines to watch:

1. Prowling Panthers

Pelion is charging forward without four-year star Cody Proveaux. Now the charge is led by his younger brother, Caleb Proveaux, and Weston Sharpe. The Panthers placed fourth in the state last season.

2. No more second best

Blythewood finished nine shots short of the Class 4A championship in 2012 and is aiming for the top spot this year. With senior all-state golfer and Furman signee Bryce Howell and Sam Moore, the Bengals got off to a strong start, placing second in the Patriot Invitational.

3. Chapin takes it to heart

Kent Honea’s squad fell just shy of the 2012 Class 3A title on a playoff hole for the state final. Getting that close to the top is all the motivation a team needs to push harder, making Chapin a formidable force.

4. A.C. Flora keeps it going

The Falcons, led by coach Harry Huntley, have won three championships in a row — topping Chapin for the 2012 title — and seven in the past 10 years. A.C. Flora has a strong shot at again coming out on top.

5. On the way up

Lexington finished tied for fifth in the state last season. Coach Brandon Smith, who led the Wildcats girls’ team to the title in the fall, looks to push the Wildcats higher. The Wildcats are led by Zach Herold and started their season with a fourth-place finish in the Golden Bear Invitational.

BOYS TENNIS

Five story lines to watch:

1. Lexington looking for more

The Wildcats made it to the third round of the Class 4A tournament last season and return a strong squad led by sophomore Logan Adkins and freshman Will Horton.

2. Dutch Fork moving forward

Led by state singles semifinalist Austin Williams, the Silver Foxes reached the third round of the Class 4A playoffs last season. Williams has graduated, so the Silver Foxes need a leader to emerge.

3. Chapin up to something good

Chapin has a young squad that features brothers Sean and Jeffrey Koch as they look for a strong followup to their 2012 season, which they capped with their third consecutive Class 3A championship.

4. Hammond

Led by Ayan Dasgupta, William Lynch and Stephen Lynch, the Skyhawks are among the leaders in SCISA Class 3A. Hammond opened the season with strong wins against local opponents and has a rough schedule ahead, including matches against Dutch Fork and Lexington.

5. Camden tired of coming close

The Bulldogs will push for the pinnacle this season after three seasons of reaching the second and third rounds. Led by Roderick Todd and Nelson Semple, the Bulldogs are 2-0.

Akilah Imani Nelson

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