WEST MADISON — Jenna Butcher has been busy.
The Scott High School standout sophomore tennis player has been busy defeating her opponents.
Butcher, 14-0) in singles on the season, snagged a regional Class AA/A crown on Friday by taking the set from Logan junior Hannah Thompson, 8-5.
The matches served as one of the the most competitive Butcher has faced in 2021.
Opponents in recent weeks from Winfield, Sissonville, Sherman, Mingo Central and Nitro have been victims of Butcher’s undefeated run this season.
“Obviously, Jenna is a very good player,” said her coach Mark Hale, who also coaches Butcher as an assistant basketball coach at the school. “She is a hard worker who has attention to detail in whatever she does. She’s an excellent server and knows how to make her opponents work.”
Hale, who took over the tennis team before the start of the season, emphasized Butcher’s work ethic.
“She is absolutely one of the hardest-working kids I’ve seen at whatever sport she’s playing, and I know she is really passionate about tennis,” he said. “She is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever known. She has a deep understanding of the game and the strategy within the game that really is part of her success, I think. She has a knack for anticipating where the ball is going and takes the best angles to the ball. It really is fun to watch her.”
Butcher excelled on the basketball court as well for Scott as one of the better ball-handlers and perimeter shooters on coach Kevin Harper’s squad, which was Boone County champ in 2021.
“She knows how to play the drop shots and she gets to balls that other kids don’t have a chance to return and that is one of her strengths,” he said. “Based on her history as a tennis player and knowing her for a few years, I thought she had a legitimate shot at states this year.”
Seedings and schedules will be released after a meeting on June 2. Look for coverage of Butcher’s play and a feature story on her undefeated regular season and post-season play in a future edition of the CVN.