Caleb Burns made the most of his senior year.
After helping Copperas Cove deliver one its best showings in program history at the District 8-5A meet, the Bulldawgs tennis player was recognized over and over again at the team’s award ceremony.
Burns was named most improved player, split the newcomer of the year award with teammate Jeremiah Gray and received the Coaches Award. Additionally, he received a share of the 12th Man Award along with James Llanos.
While Burns emerged with the most accolades, other players walked away with multiple honors as well.
For the Lady Bulldawgs, sophomore Kara McVeigh received three awards, splitting the doubles award and Iron Dawg awards with teammates Alisa Payne and Sydney Danemarks, respectively. She was also part of the trio to earn the 12th man award, joining Justice Bucio and Victoria Edwards.
Payne, a senior, was also named co-MVP with classmate Bucio, while Danemarks was named co-most improved player along with Daelin Hoffmann following their sophomore seasons.
Bulldawgs senior Jamie Chacon, who is committed to play collegiately at New England’s Midland University, was named MVP of the boys team, and he received the doubles award along teammate Dominic Smith.
Rounding out the awards for the Bulldawgs were junior Nic Fletcher and sophomore Jake Abraham, who split the Iron Dawg award. For the Lady Bulldawgs, Alex Wilson was named newcomer of the year following her sophomore campaign, while classmate Hope Greiner and Jalessa Miller, a senior, split the Coaches Award.
As a team, Copperas Cove placed fifth at the district tournament in April, placing five players in the quarterfinals and tied the program record for most players to advance out beyond the first round.
Chacon received an honorable mention on the all-district team as both a singles and doubles competitor, and Smith was also an honorable mention in doubles.
Miller was a second-team selection in girls singles, while Bucio and Wilson both landed on the doubles second team. Edwards ended her high school career as a honorable mention in singles.
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