Senior spotlight: Brookhaven High tennis seniors competitors in the classroom and on the court

Published 4:33 pm Friday, May 29, 2020

Take the senior trio of tennis players from Brookhaven High School, replace their rackets with buzzers and you’d have a pretty potent scholar bowl team on your hands.

The senior group of James Gardner, Rivers Gray and Gracey Massengill along with their teammates only got to play five matches in 2020 before COVID-19 ended their season.

Ole Brook tennis coach Nancy Fisher knows the sky is the limit personally for each of the trio.

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“These kids set a great example for our younger players,” said Fisher. “They were active in the community, had strong character and integrity and worked so hard on their game. They set high goals for themselves and strive for excellence.”

Savana Mars was also a senior member of the squad. A student at Mississippi School of the Arts, Mars was in her first year with the program.

James Gardner

The son of Clint and Holly Gardner, James will next attend Mississippi State University and major in biomedical engineering. The valedictorian of his class and a hard worker who had developed some aggressive offensive maneuvers, Gardner was paired in mixed doubles with Lauren Currie.

Rivers Gray

The daughter of Bruce and Leigh Cher Gray, Rivers is set to enroll at Auburn University and major in graphic design. A strong net player who has been a longtime fixture on the team, Gray was playing doubles as a senior.

Gracey Massengill

The daughter Robb and Fran Massengill, Gracey will attend the University of Mississippi in the fall while majoring in integrated marketing communications with an emphasis in the Haley Barbour Center of Manufacturing Excellence. A versatile player who moves around the court well, Massengill had played both singles and doubles for Ole Brook as a senior.