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Hiram boys’ tennis looks for fresh start
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
March 05, 2014 01:11 PM | 792 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After winning only one match last season, the Hiram boys’ tennis team has hopes to produce an improved and winning product on the court this season.

The Hornets had a positive beginning to this quest, winning its opening match of the year against New Manchester on Feb. 25 in a Region 5-AAAAA contest.

“It was important for us to get off to a good start to this season because we’ve missed a lot of practice time due to the weather,” first-year head coach Lamont Hight said. “Our guys did a lot of things on their own and it paid off with a win.”

Hight has been with the Hiram athletic department for 10 years, previously serving as the head coach of the boys’ soccer team for six years and an assistant with the football and girls’ basketball squads as well.

The inclement weather that hampered the preparations for many prep programs in Georgia during February caused Hiram to make adjustments as well.

“We had to figure out which players would occupy spots in our lineup in a short period of time,” Hight said. “Since it’s my first year with the team, it was hard to gauge who were the better players. However, I’ve enjoyed coaching tennis.”

Hiram returns several top players from last season, including junior Anthony Jefferson and senior Alan Smith.

“Anthony provides leadership for us and is also one of our best players which helps get the respect of his teammates,” Hight said. “Alan leads by example and works hard to being the team together.”

The Hornets hope to build a program that will have stability.

“I want to see the team get better every week because every match is important,” Hight said. “We’re still young and have some inexperience. We have to get the younger guys involved to build the program for the future.”

Hiram returns to action on Tuesday against Paulding County.

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