Greetings from Lexington, where there are big doings at the State Tennis Championships, as two local players have reached the singles semifinals. Phillip Arndt of Garrard County and CeCe Witten of Boyle County won their third- and fourth-round matches Friday and will play in the semis Saturday morning at the University of Kentucky. (Click the links above to read stories on each of them on amnews.com.)
This is quite likely the first time that two local players who are not part of the same doubles team have made the semifinals, and it’s the first time any area players have gotten there since 1999, when brothers Lee and Jeff Lester of Harrodsburg reached the boys doubles semis. Only one player from an area school has ever won a state title in tennis: Charles Coleman of Danville in 1933, the third year of the state tournament. (And if you know anything about Coleman, please leave a comment.)
Congratulations are also in order for Haley Hart of Lincoln County, who made it to the quarterfinals to earn all-state honors. It’s unfortunate that Witten had to be the one who eliminated Hart in their Friday afternoon match.
Visit amnews.com for updates on the semifinals on Saturday afternoon, plus more coverage later in the day as warranted.