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Medcalf plans to soar as an Eagle

Lovell Medcalf is used to winning. Morehead State is a winning program. It was the perfect match.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers senior tennis standout will take his winning ways to the next level after signing a letter-of-intent to play for the Morehead State Eagles.

Medcalf picked Morehead State over Youngstown State and Eastern Kentucky.

“I like the people their and their team. It’s Division I winning program. I feel like I can improve my game by going to Morehead,” Medcalf said.

“It’s just going to help me playing better competition day in and day out. I can’t wait to get started.”

A good athlete in several sports, Medcalf turned his full attention to tennis soon after taking up the game at the age of 12. He gave a lot of credit to his father and Bellefonte Country Club instructor Todd Wise.

“My dad has always played and he really wanted me to play. He wanted to pass the game down. I liked it. I enjoy playing tennis,” Medcalf said.

Medcalf has amassed an 89-2 regular season record during his four varsity years and was 94-6 overall including 21-1 this year. He was undefeated in all his home matches.

A two-time sectional champion (2004, 2005) and sectional runner-up this year, he made four district appearances and advanced to the state meet in 2005 when he finished 12.

He was first team All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League including the Most Valuable Player award.

“I played a lot of good players in high school It was a stepping stone to get me to the next level,” said Medcalf.

Lovell is the son of Glen and Renee Medcalf of Ironton.