It’s been a successful fall season for the Chapmanville Middle School tennis team which closed out the regular season by taking on Logan Middle and Ravenswood last week.
The CMS girls are 12-1, while the Chapmanville boys have a 9-4 record heading into conference tournament action this Wednesday at Coonskin Park in Charleston. LMS was slated to have its conference tourney on Monday at Charleston.
“It has been a very exhausting and difficult stretch for us,” CMS coach Chris Kidd said. “We’ve had to play private schools, AAA schools and schools that are two and three hours away from us, but our kids have stayed strong against this competition. They’ve held up better than most teams would in these situations and I’m incredibly proud and happy for them. Having a let down would be understandable but they’ve continued to compete at the highest level in this state.
“For the girls to be 12-1 and their only loss to be against the best team in the state is amazing. The boys are 9-4 despite being a player down in each match this season. That just speaks to the heart of this team.”
Coach Kidd said it has been a positive experience all around.
“People try to characterize tennis as an individual sport, but we are a family on this team,” he said. “We care about each other and how the team does. I know Coach (George) Barker has preached a family type atmosphere on the football team, and he did the same when he coached me at Logan in football and tennis and I like to think I’ve brought the same philosophy to this tennis program. We cheer for each other and love each other and I think that is the endearing quality of this club and something I’ll remember about them the rest of my life.
“I’m so proud of how they treat each other and interact with each other on the team. And you need those type of relationships in order to thrive in tennis or any team sport.”
Kidd said his CMS teams have worked very hard this summer and fall.
“It’s been a long four months of training, practicing and preparing for this run, but it’s all been worth it,” he said. “I’ve had the honor of coaching the best kids any coach could ask for. I hate the season is coming to an end because I just enjoy being around them and our parents. I don’t consider them a second family, I consider them my family and I’ve been extremely privileged to care about and coach people like this. I’m going to miss this so much when it’s over, but it’s been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life, and I’ll never forget it.”
Chapmanville’s girls had their way with Ravenswood in the tri-match.
CMS No. 1 singles player Cassidy Lewis won 6-2 in her match.
Chapmanville No. 2 Abby Marcum was a 6-0 winner, while Hali Baldwin (6-1) and Myla Bryant (6-0) also notched wins.
In doubles, Lewis and Bryant won 6-2, while the tandems of Marcum and Baldwin (6-0), Richelle Thompson and Samantha Williams (6-0) and Myka Veres and Thompson (6-2) were also easy winners.
In the Logan Middle School vs. Ravenswood match, the Lady Wolves’ Emma Justice won 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match. LMS No. 4 Rae Ann Reed also won 7-5.
In doubles, Justice and Reed won 6-0 and Allison Green and Brandi Blair prevailed 6-2.
“This was a great win for our program,” LMS coach Bryan Kidd said. “We have had a rough year in terms of wins and losses because almost everybody on the team is brand new to tennis. A lot of other sports usually get more attention from the kids at LMS since other sports have feeder systems. Football has ‘Midget League,’ basketball has ‘Buddy League,’ and baseball has ‘Little League.’ We dont have one for middle school tennis. This has led to a rebuilding process within our program teaching the students from the ground up. They have done a remarkable job.
“I am very proud of how much improvement we have made this year and we plan on being competitors for the conference title within two years. These kids are the best and they make the program what it is.”