By Kyle Lovern
CHARLESTON – Mingo Central tennis player Kyle Surber, a senior and the No. 2 seed for the Miners this season, had a successful run in the state tournament.
Because of the rain, the state tennis tournament matches were held indoors on Thursday.
Surber played Robert C. Byrd’s Ezra Calef in the first round winning 8-4.
In quarterfinals, Surber went up against Wheeling Central’s Gus Schmidt, who was undefeated this season. Surber was down the first two games of the match, but fought back and went up 6-5.
Two more games would have put him in the state semi-finals, but he lost his next two serves ending the match at 8-6.
“This is one of my proudest days I have had as a coach in any sport,” MCHS tennis coach Julius “Boo” Hatcher said. “This young man has heart and the character of a champion.”
“The match went back and forth for both players. Kyle played very well,” Hatcher said.
“Kyle gave it his best and always had a smile. As a coach, you can’t ask for more than that,” Hatcher added. “He has a great attitude. He will be missed on our team next year.”
Surber has had a solid career for Mingo Central’s tennis team. This was the second straight year he has made it to the state tournament. Not bad for a kid who has just played tennis for three years.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)