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Pats cap strong tennis season with plenty of all-league recognition

T.J. Wilson was just a freshman during the recently-concluded spring season, but that youth didn’t stop the Heritage tennis player from landing a prestigious honor.

Wilson was one of three boys players named first team all-Region 8-AAAAA and one of nine players from Heritage to receive all-league honors recently. Wilson, who went 11-0 against region opponents as the Patriots’ No. 2 singles player, was joined on the first team by Beau Millwood of Flowery Branch and Gainesville’s Graham McKinnon.

Jay Vinson (No. 1 singles), a senior who was 6-5 against league foes, was named to the second team, joining Apalachee’s Chandler Hagan and Reagan Williams of Gainesville. The doubles team of Kevin Blum and Ronnie Flow (both seniors and 8-3 against Region 8) were honorable mention receipients, which helped Heritage nab a No. 3 seed to reach the Class AAAAA state playoffs before a first-round loss to North Atlanta.

“We had a really good group this year, those guys worked extremely hard,” said boys coach Chuck Landy, whose team went to the state playoffs for the seventh time in 10 years.

In girls play, the doubles team of Julie Roseberry (senior) and freshman Addy Allegretti were second-team honorees. Senior and No. 2 singles player Fran Murry and the doubles team of senior Melissa Godwin and junior Becca Rackley received honorable mention recognition. The Heritage girls also received a No. 3 seed and were defeated in the opening round by Lakeside-DeKalb.

“All our players improved each year and they step in and play their roles. It shows up on the court,” Heritage girls coach Brian Smith said during the Lakeside match. “We came out and laid it on the line. We showed heart and that’s all you can ask for.”

With the tennis awards handed out, the spring season came to a close for Heritage and what a season it was for the Conyers school. Five teams reached the state tournament, including both soccer teams and the baseball team and track and field stand out Morgan Hubbard won an individual state title in the 300-hurdles for the second consecutive season.

“It was just a really fun spring, great spring,” said Landy, who is also the school’s athletic director. “The players are working hard, we’re excited.”