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All-Area Boys Tennis - Perfect Cougars give Edwards 600th win

June 09, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Jefferson coach Glen Edwards has accomplished a lot in his 30 years as a tennis coach, so it says something that the season his boys team put together this year is one of his best ever.

That's pretty amazing considering the talent Jefferson lost when Jefferson County opened up its second high school, Washington, last fall. Among the transfers was All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year Jacob Jones.

"The kids stepped up and we were fortunate enough to win the Potomac Valley Conference, the Apple Valley and the Region II AAA championship," Edwards said. "On the point system we finished fifth at states. This was the third time in my career that the boys have finished undefeated (in dual meets). It was certainly a year of transition but a year of happiness, success and a lot of good tennis.

"Time flies when you're having fun."

Edwards is The Herald-Mail's 2009 All-Area Boys Tennis Coach of the Year.

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Jefferson's final dual-meet victory this season was the 600th win of Edwards' career, making him the seventh coach in the nation to reach that milestone. The tennis program has a rich tradition that keeps growing.

"The last couple years I've had parents in the program who started in our summer program when they themselves were 6 or 7," Edwards said. "It's sort of like the baseball tradition, a lot of those parents played for coach (John) Lowery and they want their kids to get involved."

From top to bottom, the Cougars' lineup was formidable.

Brice Barker went 21-8 at No. 1 singles, Kent Thomas was 27-2 at No. 2 singles and they teamed to go 27-3 at No. 1 doubles and reach the state quarterfinals in Class AAA, earning them both All-Area honors.

David Leonard went 25-3 at No. 3 singles, Trenton Stemple was 26-2 at No. 4 singles, they teamed to go 25-3 at No. 2 doubles, and Faris Khan and Kyle Ransom went 26-3 at No. 3 doubles.

"Khan and Ransom both played JV last year," Edwards said. "We may never have another team like this again. This was a dream team and for them to accomplish what they did, it was a remarkable season."

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