High School Sports

Class 4A 2008 All-area Tennis

Athlete of the year: Derek Dickey, Lexington, Senior

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Three-time 4A-3A All-State, four-time All-Region 4-4A (two-time MVP), four-time all-area (two-time player of the year), 105-8 dual match record in six years of varsity competition.

5 Things I Like About My Sport

1. The team aspect. It's a lot more fun playing for a team than as an individual.

2. Tennis is addictive, so you've got to know how to manage it on the court.

3. The competitiveness.

4. During the summers, you go to matches and most days only play two or three hours, so you get to go out with your buddies and enjoy the trip.

5. You get to go to a lot of nice places around the state and the South — Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, all over the South.



Derek Dickey | Lexington High

Named to all-state and all-region teams after posting a 17-2 record. Was named to North-South all-star tournament.

Gordon Lucas | Lexington

Compiled 19-1 record at No. 2 Singles. Was selected to all-state and all-region teams.

Jordon Hunter | Lexington

Was selected to all-state and all-region teams after posting a 18-1 record. Has career record of 75-5.

Ashkon Babaee | Spring Valley

Played No. 1 for the Vikings and was 13-5. Selected to all-state team.

Chris Harvey | Spring Valley

122-6 at No. 2 Singles; selected to all-state team and as alternate on the North-South all-star match.

Corey Pickens | Lexington

For the second consecutive season, finished undefeated. Was 18-0 at No. 4 Singles. Voted team MVP.

Honorable mention: Barron Wells, Lexington; Travis Reed, Irmo; Paul Reed, Irmo; Brent Lett, Spring Valley.