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Bluegrass Gold
Hunter Horton sweeps both titles at Kentucky Clay Court Championship
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HUNTER HORTON EARNED AAA-AAAA All-State tennis honors at Lugoff-Elgin this past spring. - photo by Photo provided
There’s gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.At least, there was for Hunter Horton.Traveling from his home in Lugoff to Louisville for the Kentucky State Clay Court Championships last month, the junior at Lugoff-Elgin High School returned from the rain-soaked event by winning both the 18 singles and 18 doubles championships.The two titles were the latest honors for Horton, who plays number one singles for Edward Rickwood’s Demons in the spring. In May, as a sophomore, Horton earned South Carolina High School League AAA-AAAA All-State laurels after winning three matches in the state individual championship tournament. He followed that by taking both the 16 and 18 doubles titles at the South Carolina Level 3 tournament played in Irmo on Aug. 3, which came after his playing in the Southern Sectional Zone Team event at Wake Forest University in July.The twin titles in Derbytown were part of a jam-packed spring and summer slate of events for Horton, who swept his way to the South Carolina Junior Clay Court singles and doubles crowns in 2013.