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Tiger Tennis advances to State Championship

Coleman Cox | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Coleman Cox | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Tennis defeated Ashland Blazer 3-0 in the KHSAA Tennis State Semifinals. Freshman Drew Singerman got the first win for the Tigers 6-0, 6-0, then the two doubles teams of Kamrom Akrami/Matt Graft won 6-1, 6-3 and Coleman Cox/Nick Quinones soon followed with a 6-1, 6-0 win over the Tomcats.

The match ended a lot later than anyone would have predicted because of the severe weather state-wide. The Semifinals for both girls and boys were moved to the Lexington Tennis Center where all of the matches were played indoors.

St. Xavier will face McCracken County in the 2014 KHSAA Tennis Team State Championship tomorrow at 5:30 PM at the University of Kentucky’s Boone/Downing Tennis Complex.

“Who Are These Guys?”: Ashland Blazer

“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare

Good Morning Tiger Fans, we have an exciting Tuesday ahead, but there is a very big state semifinal match tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM at the University of Kentucky against the Ashland Blazer Tomcats that we would like to get you ready for. This is everything you need to know about that team from Boyd County.

Actual School Name: Paul G. Blazer High School (commonly referred to as Ashland Blazer because of the town it is from)

Mascot: The Tomcats

School Colors: Maroon, White and Gray

Motto: “Whatever It Takes!”

Here’s a nice photograph of the school bus. | Photo from school website.

Location: 1500 Blazer Boulevard Ashland, KY 41102

Notable People Associated with Ashland Blazer:

Ashley Judd:  Most widely known for being a University of Kentucky Super Fan, Ashley also stars in many television shows and movies.  She is starring in Divergent which released in theaters recently.

Deuces! | Photo from

Wynonna Judd:  Country singing older half-sister of Ashley, Wynonna is just as popular in the world of country music for her time in the band The Judds.  In 1983, the Judds were signed to RCA records and were shot into country music superstardom. The Judds sold over 20 million albums and won five Grammys.

Good thing we didn’t play the Tomcat baseball team when he was on it | Photo from

Brandon Webb: Retired professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 through 2009. Prior to playing professionally, Webb attended the University of Kentucky, where he played college baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team.  Webb won the 2006 National League Cy Young Award. He is also a three-time MLB All-Star. A series of shoulder injuries sidelined him for much of 2009-2012 and after several aborted comeback attempts, he retired in 2013.

The 2014 Tomcat Tennis Team | Photo by AJ Stadelmeyer

Tennis History: The Tomcats have never won either a singles championship, a doubles championship or a team championship in the 82 year history of KHSAA Tennis.  In 2005, Kyle Virgin was runner-up in the state singles competition, but that is as close to a championship as Ashland Blazer has gotten.

Coach Sizemore | Photo by AJ Stadelmeyer

Coach:  Eddie Sizemore.  Let’s just say he would make it into the Top 10 Tweets a couple of times… or maybe the Not Top 10…