Slimmed down Lex star is aiming for great success in tennis

LEXINGTON – He’s been a very good tennis player for a very long time, ever since he was tiny and could almost hide behind the face of his racquet.

Eventually, it got to a point where Tommy Secrist, the reigning Ohio Cardinal Conference Player of the Year, nearly outstripped Lexington’s powerful high school team.

Only in this case it was not positive growth.

“He told me he was fascinated by football because his buddies played it, and he started enjoying lifting (weights),” said Lex tennis coach Ron Schaub. “He got bigger, but maybe he took it too far.”

When Secrist’s second season and all of his music-related school activities were canceled in 2020 due to COVID, he turned to the weight room as an outlet and vowed to play football for the first time last fall.

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