South Charlotte

Johnson continues march to record books

Kyle Johnson wants to be part of North Carolina high school tennis history.

The Charlotte Catholic junior etched his name a little deeper into the record books this season, winning his third consecutive 3A state singles' championship last month.

Johnson could become the only boys' player to ever win four state singles titles next year.

"I want to win four," Johnson said after winning his third. "I don't think anyone can stop me."

No one could stop the Charlotte Country Day boys' tennis team, which won the NCISAA 3A state title by beating archrival and defending state champ Providence Day.

The Bucs were led by all-state senior Andrew Gores, who played through a torn ligament in his right ankle.

In public school tennis, Myers Park, Ardrey Kell and Providence were ranked in the state's top 10 for most of the season. The Mustangs won the Southwestern 4A team title and advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champion, R.J. Reynolds.Myers Park's Thomas Low led the way, winning the 4A West singles title, while the Mustangs doubles duo of Ian LeBlanc and Brian Perez captured the doubles crown. While Johnson dominated the MEGA 7 conference, the region and the state in singles, his team almost won the 3A state dual team title this year, falling in the 3A finals to Cardinal Gibbons.

Coach of the Year: Calvin Davis, Charlotte Country Day. Davis has been a big part of the Charlotte Country Day tennis program for more than two decades, watching the Bucs win 16 state titles in that span. After a four-year drought, Davis and Country Day got back to the state championship winner's circle for the first time since 2007.

Player of the Year: Kyle Johnson, Charlotte Catholic. Johnson has been here before, but after winning his third straight 3A state singles championship this season by beating Western Alamance's Eric Greene, most of his thoughts shifted to doing it again next year to become the only player in N.C. history to accomplish the feat.

Only seven other boys' tennis players have won three straight titles. Johnson's title this year was no small feat, as the match began in Burlington and then shifted indoors to Greensboro because of rain.