High School Sports

Season recap: Lexington tennis

Lexington’s 2008 boys tennis season ended in the same fashion as it did a year ago. The Wildcats lost to West Florence in the Class 4A state championship match.

But there was a lot to like this season as an exceptional senior class added a final chapter to its notable contributions to the program. Lexington finished with a 19-1 record, 26-2 when factoring in teams wins at two tournaments and claimed its seventh straight Upper State title.

Derek Dickey, Jordan Hunter, Cory Pickens, Kendell Hillis and Barron Wells are the departing seniors that helped make the Wildcats’ rise to prominence in recent years possible.

Dickey finished with a 16-2 record at No. 1 singles and 105 career singles victories. Hunter did not falter until the state title bout and finished 17-1 at No. 3 singles.

Pickens and Hunter, meanwhile, continued their domination at the bottom two positions in the singles lineup. Both had with 5-0 playoff runs to finish the season at 18-0, and both closed their careers with 36-match winning streaks to share the school record.

Wells, along with junior Jake Pimental, also went 5-0 in the playoffs at No. 2 doubles to finished an undefeated campaign.

Sophomore Gordon Lucas, the only underclassman in the singles lineup, suffered his first setback against West Florence to finish with a 17-1 record.