Multiple Teams · Celebrating Spring Seniors- Tennis & Softball

The spring of 2020 will go down in the history books.  As coronavirus has changed life for everyone it had a particularly notable impact on spring sport athletes, with seniors suffering the loss of their final season of high school sports.  Many have represented Eastern HS exceptionally well over their careers as students and athletes.

Here is a thank you and celebration of our Eastern Spring Sport Seniors!


Men’s Tennis

Name: Harrison Evans

College / Post-secondary plan: North Carolina State University

Favorite memory at Eastern: Beating Trinity

Favorite Quote:  “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra

How did you start in your sport?  Decided to take a lesson or two after moving to Louisville while in elementary school. I liked it, made friends, and kept playing.

Thank you’s: Thank you Coach Cotton and Coach McCollum for being great coaches and putting together teams and schedules that made each season a blast to play.

Awards & Honors: – Coach’s Award

– Eagle Pride Award

– JTT Summer State Champions

– National Merit Finalist


Women’s Tennis

Name: Madison Kirby

College / Post-secondary plan: Murray State University majoring in Agriculture

Madison has committed to Murray State’s Equestrian Team

Favorite memory at Eastern: Lining up before matches and cheering for each other

Favorite Quote:  “Live everyday like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn’t smart enough for law school.”

How did you start in your sport?  All my friends played in middle school

Thank you’s: I want to thank my parents, grandparents and of course Mr. and Mrs. Cotton for not only helping me become the player I am today, but more importantly the person I have become.

Awards & Honors: Governor’s Scholar

Rookie of the Year (2017)

Coach’s Award (2018)

Spirit and Dedication (2019)



Name: Kelsey Dougherty

College / Post-secondary plan: University of Louisville

Are you planning to play sport in college: Possibly Rowing

Favorite memory at Eastern: Hitting 2 home-runs back to back in multiple games!

Favorite Quote:  “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

How did you start in your sport?  I started at the age of 6 and just fell in love with it.

Thank you’s: I would like to say thank you to Coach Dean Taylor for always pushing me to do my best. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I would also like to say thank you to my mom Natalie! Thank you for being my #1 fan and taking me to all of my tourneys and games for the last 12 years! I love you too the moon and back.

Awards & Honors: 9th: Rookie of the Year

10th&11th: Eagle Award

9/10/11/12: A/B Honor Roll