Lexington boys tennis enters a new era in 2009 with Eric Jackson taking over for long-time coach Robbie Hunter. The Wildcats took Irmo’s place at the top of the heap in Midlands boys tennis in the 2000s under Hunter, winning seven straight Upper State championships and four state titles between 2002 and 2008.
Jackson, who guided the Lexington girls to an 18-2 record and an Upper State championship in the fall, inherits a team with just one returning varsity starter – junior Gordan Lucas, who moves up to the No. 1 singles spot. Lucas started at No. 2 singles last season.
The new-look Wildcats, who finished 19-1 last season, had a 2-2 showing at a large preseason tournament in Florence, and opened the regular season with easy, 6-0 Region 5-4A wins over Aiken and Richland Northeast.
The new portion of the lineup features junior Ross Sons (No. 2 singles) sophomore Parker Adkins (No. 3 singles), junior William Lightle (No. 4 singles), eight-grader Trey Swearingen (No. 5 singles) and the doubles team of sophomore Brian Lim and sophomore Hampton Pickens. Sons, Adkins and Lightle all have some previous varsity experience.