GLASGOW — Glasgow High School’s Nicholas Morosa was named to the Boy’s All-State Tennis Team in a press release from the Kentucky High School Tennis Coaches Association on Tuesday.
During his time as a Scottie, Morosa accumulated a winning record of 60 wins and just 18 losses. He was a participant in the KHSAA State Tennis Tournament and was also named All-State All-Academic Team.
Morosa was a two-time nominee for Kentucky Super Preps and was also a three-time regional tournament seed.
Monroe County’s Leigha Guffey was also honored in the announcement as she was named Girl’s Honorable Mention All-State.
The All-State teams were done a little different this year. In the past, 16 players were automatic qualifiers, 8 made the team by reaching the quarters in singles and 8 from those reaching the semis-finals in doubles, and the additional “At-Large” players were selected from nominees from coaches by the KYHSTCA Awards Committee.
This year, the 16 automatic qualifiers are a player from each region of the 16 regions. Member coaches nominated only seniors and then the head coach of each school in that region voted for the nominated players in their region. The player receiving the most votes from the head coaches from their region is been recognized as a member of the All-State Team.
The “At-Large” members were selected by the KYHSTCA Board from the remaining nominees that were not selected by the region coaches.
Also because of COVID-19, seniors missed out on a lot of events and activities this Spring, including their senior tennis season, so this year the KYHSTCA Board is recognizing all of our remaining nominees as Honorable Mention All-State recipients.
The announcement also brought the news that the 2020 Miss Tennis Kentucky is Sophia Shiben from McCracken County High School and Mr. Tennis Kentucky is Michael Chou from Trinity High School.
Shiben has played for McCracken County for 6 years, during this time she was a part of 3 Team State Championships, 2 Team Runners-Up, and 6 Regional Team Championships. In her 5 years of individual competition, she reached the semi-finals in each year and lost to the eventual State Champion in 3 of those 5 years.
She was 2 match tiebreakers away from reaching the finals in 3 of those 5 years. Her record as an individual at the State Tournament is a staggering 21-5. Her overall record combining the regular season and postseason throughout her career is 110-26.
For Chou, his career accomplishments includes the 2018 KHSAA State Doubles Finalist; the 2018 No. 1 Doubles seed with his brother Brandon and in 2019 the No. 3 Singles seed in the KHSAA State Tennis Championships.
Last year he was the Region 7 Singles Runner up; in 2018 Region 7 Doubles Champion; he was seeded all three years at State in either singles or doubles; a member of the KYHSTCA All-State Team 2018 and 2019; member of the DecoTurf National Championships All-Tournament Team; and a member of the Courier-Journal Metro Louisville All-Area Boys Tennis Team.
Miss and Mr. Tennis Kentucky was selected this year by the KYHSTCA Board from nominations submitted by our member coaches. The award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated over their career not only the highest level of tennis in the state but other factors including but not limited to, Academics and Sportsmanship.
The Miss and Mr. Kentucky Tennis award is sponsored by The Peoples Bank in Marion and Glasgow KY, presenting the awards is Terry Bunnell the Chairman, President and CEO of The Peoples Bank.