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University of South Carolina Lancaster tennis coach Brian Clark has announced the signing of Lugoff-Elgin’s Tyler Horton.
In front of nearly 100 students, including his family, high school coach, and principal, Horton recently signed to play tennis for the Lancers beginning this fall.
Horton played No. 1 singles for the L-E Demons team this season and posted a 6-10 record in one of the state’s toughest regions. He did register two wins versus traditional power West Florence.
He is also a tournament player and has a current state ranking of 56.
Horton is involved in other activities at the high school. He runs cross country in the fall and is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club.
One of his main duties is being the battalion commander of the school’s JROTC program. He is in charge of close to 180 students at the Class AAAA high school.
Clark noted the organization and leadership skills he has acquired in this program will serve him well in the future.
Horton plans to major in civil engineering.
“Tyler got a lot of good matches under his belt during this high school season,” Clark said. “Because he hasn’t been playing a real long time, I expect him to continue to improve at a fast rate once he gets here this August.”
Horton is the second player signed with USCL for this fall, along with AJ Plaza of Lancaster.
RNE’s Beam signs
Clark, who also leads the women’s team, also announced the signing of Lauren Beam, a Richland Northeast High School player. Beam is the fourth prep player signed for next year for the Lancers.
Beam has been a solid player in high school and also is a tournament player, with No. 64 state ranking.
Beam was coached in high school by Daniel Strickland and also is coached by Kent Whitener, the director of tennis at Rockbridge Racket Club.
Beam is expected to make an immediate impact in singles and doubles.
“Lauren is a very good tennis player who will be a great team player,” said Clark. “Her work ethic and attitude will do a lot for her and her teammates.”
Beam joins Rylee Smith (Nation Ford High), Melanie Mullen (Nation Ford High), and Morgan Gardner (Lancaster High) as incoming freshmen next year on the Lancers women’s tennis team.