Middle school tennis teams are Mountain League Champs

  • The Lumpkin County Middle School girls celebrate their win over Gilmer County in the Mountain League Championship last week. The championship title is the second straight for the team.
    The Lumpkin County Middle School girls celebrate their win over Gilmer County in the Mountain League Championship last week. The championship title is the second straight for the team.
  • The Lumpkin County Middle School boys tennis team shows off their Mountain League Championship trophy after defeating White County last week. The win marked back-to-back championship titles for the Indians.
    The Lumpkin County Middle School boys tennis team shows off their Mountain League Championship trophy after defeating White County last week. The win marked back-to-back championship titles for the Indians.
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The LCMS tennis team completed an historic season when both the Indians and the Lady Indians won Mountain League Championship titles at the LCHS Tennis Complex on Monday, Sept. 23.
“We had a wonderful season thanks to great support by our parents and a hard working group of kids,” said LCMS head boys tennis coach Adam Rambin. “I am very proud of our players and the dedication they have shown this season. Tennis involves a lot of hard work and patience, and they have done well this season.”
The Indians and the Lady Indians both went into the Mountain League Championship undefeated during the regular season.
The Indians took down a tough White County team during the championship match, earning themselves back-to-back league championship titles. With the victory, the Indians also completed their second undefeated season in a row.
The Lady Indians also earned back-to-back league championships when they defeated Gilmer County in the league championship match.
“It’s probably one of the best seasons we’ve ever had since Coach Rambin and I took over the program,” said LCMS head girls tennis coach Alan Hogan.
Although the team will lose some players as they move to the high school level next year, Hogan and Rambin are confident that, given the numbers of players who got experience during the season, the future of the LCMS and LCHS tennis programs appear to be heading in the right direction.
“The future of the program is very bright,” Rambin said. “We have a solid foundation for the middle and high school teams moving forward. We are lucky to have the support of parents and an amazing facility, and we look forward to growing the program and getting better every year.”
While many other schools have struggled to field a complete team over the course of the past two seasons, the amount of student athletes interested in tennis at the middle school has seen increased growth at LCMS. It is something that Hogan believes can be credited to the middle school and high school teams’ success through the years.
“I think that the high school teams making the State Playoffs and the middle school team winning the Mountain League Championship last year really boosted the interest in the sport in the younger kids,” Hogan said. “With the numbers we have and the success we’ve enjoyed, the future of the program appears to be headed in an upward direction.”
Both the Indians and the Lady Indians finished the 2019 regular season undefeated.