Duncan Tennis Group

The Duncan Tennis team stands together after the only home tournament of the 2020 season. The team finished their season with several top finishes.

Editor’s Note: This is part six in a series about the 2019-2020 Duncan High School Athletics school year and will show how the Duncan Demons performed during the school year.

Two other Duncan sports had only a small sample of their season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Duncan’s tennis teams and track & field teams were able to get a few tournaments and meets in before ending the year.

Duncan Tennis, under the direction of first year head coach Darren Cobble, had six seniors throughout the lineup and it showed with several first place finishes as a boys and girls team for the 2020 season.

Cobble took over for Coach Phil Barnes in 2020 and said it was not the first season he envisioned but was proud of the way his team was playing.

“We were kind of on a roll and won some of the first tournaments that we played in and also had a second and third place finish as well,” Cobble said. “We had three senior girls and three senior boys and was playing really good tennis so it was our year to go and push to go do something. It was kind of disappointing that it got cut short without notice. More disappointing for the seniors because they had worked hard all summer and fall. It is what it is and kind of a bigger picture with all of this stuff, but it is disappointing.”

The senior girls were Vanessa Cassidy, Cassie Gonzalez and Jillian White and the senior boys were Lincoln Fitts, Taylor Rains and Carson Villalon.

Getting to coach them for three years as an assistant and one this year as a head coach, Cobble said this senior group was a great one and knows they will do great things.

“They all work super hard and they laid the ground work for the kids coming up to really emulate and watch and see how it is done,” Cobble said. “It will be a tough loss for the six of them just because of the leadership they brought to the team. They set the expectations at practice everyday on how it is supposed to be. They are good kids so it is always tough to lose.”

On the track side of the spring sports, they were only able to get one outside track meet in for the 2020 season as they were at Putnam City North High School competing for titles.

The Lady Demons track team finished eighth as a team in mid-March and the Demons track team finished 10th overall with one Lady Demons track star taking home an individual title.

Kaitlin Hunter placed first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.05 seconds and was one of 20 top 10 finishes for Duncan’s Track team in the meet.

Other top finishes were: Girls 4x100 relay team-4th, Boys 4x100 relay team-9th, Girls 4x800 relay-9th, Boys 4x800 relay-9th, Girls 4x400 relay-10th, Boys 4x400 relay-14th.

Individual finishes were: Esther Ferrier-6th Girls Shot Put, Ferrier-4th Discus Throw, Javion Dangerfield- 5th Long Jump, Kindalyn Miller- 3rd 100 meter hurdles, Kali Hunter-6th Long Jump, Mayson Thiebaud-10th 110 meter hurdles, Audrey Berend-11th 3200 Meter run, Blake Meadows 3rd 3200 meter run, Roderick Standokes- 3rd 100 meter dash, Meadows 9th 1600 meter run, Kaitlin Hunter-5th High Jump, Hunter Wiggins- 4th High Jump and Donovan Jackson- 6th High Jump. 

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