The Stone Memorial tennis teams finished the 2014 season under first-year coach Jason Allen. The Lady Panthers posted a 10-5 record, while the Panthers were 5-9.
MVP honors went to Jarrett Deason and Ali Harris, while Avery Conley and Abi Wightman were Most Improved. Stephen Tung and Elise Myslinski received the Coaches Award.
Ali Harris won her singles title in the district tournament and lost in the finals of the region tournament 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Lady Panthers receiving letters were Ali Harris, Tori Harris, Peyton Franklin, Elise Myslinski, Savannah Brown, Julia LaBarge and Haley Young, while Jarrett Deason, Avery Conley, Stephen Tung, Lane Smith, Landon Hancock and Trist Foster earned letters. Also participating were Levi York and Jake Parsons.
"There was much activity at the SMHS tennis courts this season. Although (we) met with many challenges, it was a fantastic season. It is always tough to start anew with both the players and coach. But, the transition was quite easy. It was tough to get the season going, as there was not much turnout in the beginning; however, much marketing and reaching out, team of eight players for both the girls and boys was forged for a grand total of 16 players," said Allen.
"An aggressive plan will be put in place in order to get players to play year round. Currently, only one of our players competes year round. Wit a stronger program, our growth will continue exponentially.
"This wlll occur by Implementation of a year round calendar,monthly tournaments or round robins, partnership with Fairfield Glade Tennis Center in order to engender more meaningful participation and aggressive fund-raising in order to purchase more quality tennis teaching equipment. It is importan to find and train an assistant coach in order to be able to coach more effectively," concluded Allen.