By Beth Cox
Seniors Mason Stanley, Noah Cox and Margaret Morrow will be putting down their tennis racquets for a little while as they say goodbye to JCHS, but it will be a brief pause as all three have shared their love of tennis and will continue to play after high school through various recreational venues.
All three seniors plan to attend college in the fall.
Stanley will be attending ETSU where he will be majoring in Biology. Morrow and Cox will be attending Northeast State Community College.
Cox is planning to major in Film Development and Morrow in Nursing.
Stanley is leaving JCHS with fond memories of his four years playing for great coaches whom aside from tennis, taught him valuable life lessons
He credits Tim Tugman and Zach Pittman for being instrumental in helping him to become a better tennis player.
“These two men have given me more than I could ever have asked for as coaches and friends,” Stanley said while expressing his admiration for Pittman and Tugman.
Stanley fondly remembers when he finally defeated his coach; a pivotal moment of accomplishment for the young tennis player because of the respect for Pittman as a tennis player as well as a coach.
Cox played tennis all four years, but the highlight of his career was playing doubles in regionals with partner Will Henson.
Grateful for his dad’s help and support throughout the years Cox added, “I also appreciate the coaches I have had; Crabtree, Pittman and Tugman, they all helped me to be a better player.”
Morrow started playing her junior year and fell in love with the sport. The highlight of Morrow’s tennis action came this year in a tiebreaker against North in doubles with partner Rhiannon Icenhour. Morrow is grateful for all the tennis coaches. She states, “I thank every one of them for all they did for me.”
Coach Pittman is grateful for the fantastic leadership of these “amazing” seniors. He articulated his pride for his senior tennis players by stating “Margaret, Noah and Mason have pushed themselves and their teammates to be better players and people, and they will be missed more than I can describe.”