CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s true that the sport is indeed boys tennis.
However, Gallia Academy senior Adriana Wilcoxon has certainly excelled in a men’s game.
This past season, and this coming Saturday, is no exception — as Wilcoxon, a four-year tennis letterwinner and all-academic athlete, was selected for the fourth and final time as all-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League first team.
The 2016 all-SEOAL boys tennis team was officially announced on Wednesday, as Wilcoxon was the only four-time honoree on the entire list.
Like this year, she was a singles player as a freshman — followed by back-to-back years at first-team first doubles.
On Saturday, she joins her brother — sophomore Pierce Wilcoxon —in the Division II district doubles tournament at Ohio University’s Golf & Tennis Center in Athens.
The duo qualified for the district doubles last season, was the top-seeded squad at the district tourney, and finished as a semifinalist.
They enter this season’s event — again — as the top seed of 12 teams, having captured their second straight sectional tournament together with the number-one ranking.
In fact, in the opening round, they have one of the four byes to the quarterfinals.
Pierce Wilcoxon was a repeat first-team all-SEOAL selection, as the Wilcoxons were all-league first-team doubles players last season.
This year, Pierce played primarily first singles and Adriana third singles, as Adriana’s only loss all year in a dozen matches was to Jackson junior Connor Radune — the SEOAL Player of the Year.
Not only has Adriana secured a starting position in all four years on Gallia Academy’s male-dominated team, she has dominated the male athlete opposition.
Wilcoxon has the second-best regular-season career record at Gallia Academy behind Connor Christian — son of GAHS coach Randy Christian and two-time SEOAL POY.
Her regular-season career mark was 43-4, winning 94-percent of her matches, including an undefeated first doubles campaign at 12-0 two years ago.
Prior to this season, the Blue Devils enjoyed a 46-1 three-year run, a 28-match league win streak and three consecutive outright SEOAL championships.
Wilcoxon went 8-1 as a freshman singles performer, then undefeated (12-0) during the regular season and 4-1 in the sectional as a sophomore doubles player.
This is actually Wilcoxon’s third straight season of advancing to the district doubles.
Her and Pierce posted a 12-2 regular-season tally last year.
In addition to the Wilcoxons, Gallia Academy junior Miles Cornwell claimed repeat all-SEOAL Honorable Mention honors.
Cornwell was also all-league two years ago.
Jackson won the SEOAL at a perfect 6-0, and swept the top awards with Radune winning POY and Eric Coyan Coach of the Year.
Coyan and Christian shared the COY award last season, as Gallia Academy was 4-2 in the league — with Logan and Athens tied at 1-5.
Radune repeated to the first-team singles, as did Logan senior Nathan Kudlapur.
Kudlapur landed all-SEOAL first-team honors in 2013 and 2014.
The only other first-team singles was Athens senior Austin Condee, who earned Honorable Mention a year ago.
Jackson juniors Travis Stevens and Caden Southard made first-team doubles, as did Ironmen seniors Celeste Stiltner and Christian Stepp.
Joining Cornwell on Honorable Mention are all singles players — Jackson senior Evan Coyan, Logan sophomore Jeremiah Martin and Athens senior Dustin Goetz.
The Wilcoxons will play in the Division II district doubles tournament on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
The top eight placers from the Southeast District sectional and the top four finishers from the East District sectional qualify for the district meet, as only the two finalists advance to the state.
The Wilcoxons rolled through their sectional, allowing only three total points in the first three matches — sweeping Marietta 6-0, 6-2 and Circleville 6-1, 6-0 before blanking Portsmouth (6-0, 6-0).
In the semifinals, they swept Portsmouth West’s pair 7-5 and 6-4, before topping Marietta again in the championship match 6-0, 6-2.
Besides Gallia Academy, the other seven Southeast qualifiers include Marietta, Logan Elm, Portsmouth West, Miami Trace, Wheelersburg, Valley and Portsmouth.
Radune and Condee compete in the singles competition of the district tournament.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106