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Senior spotlight: West Lincoln tennis sees large senior class graduating

The West Lincoln tennis team has had much success over the last decade at the MHSAA 2A State Tournament. Fourth-year tennis coach Karen Rogers had similar expectations this season before COVID-19 ended the year just as it was beginning.

Rogers had six seniors in the program this season, a nice mix of veteran players and athletes who had come to tennis later in their high school careers.

“This was a phenomenal group of seniors,” said Rogers. “I really enjoyed coaching them, and I hate that our season got cut short. I expected several to make it to the MHSAA 2A State Tournament. I love each of them and know they have such bright futures ahead.”

Anna Johnson

The daughter of David and Rhonda Johnson, Anna plans to attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year while majoring in nursing. A first-year member of the WL tennis team who played doubles, Johnson also played three years of golf while in high school.

Triston Lee

The son of Scott and Renee’ Lee, Triston will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year on a soccer scholarship and has plans to finish his education at the University of Mississippi. Part of the No. 2 boys’ doubles team, Lee also served as a statistician for the West Lincoln softball team during his senior year as well as being part of the archery team.

Jacob Lofton

The son of Chad and Lorrie Lofton, Jacob will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year with plans to continue his future education at Mississippi State studying forestry. A first-year member of the West Lincoln tennis team who played No. 1 boys’ doubles, Lofton was also second on the Bear soccer team in goals scored this season.

Joanna Petty

The daughter of Joel and Rhonda Petty, Joanna will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year with plans to continue her future education at the University of Southern Miss while studying nursing. A mixed doubles player, Petty was a member of the West Lincoln tennis team for four seasons.

Paige Shedd

The daughter of Barry and Regina Shedd, Paige will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year with plans to then transfer to Mississippi State University and major in biology. Twice a state tournament qualifier as a girls’ doubles player, Shedd was also a starting forward on the WL basketball team.

Gracee Warren

The daughter of Chris and Mary Warren, Gracee will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year with plans to then transfer to Mississippi State University  and major in engineering. A three-year member of the tennis team, Warren paired with Shedd on the No. 1 girls’ doubles team.