Elkin senior-to-be Jacob Lyon is getting an early jump on his senior project.
Lyon, who plays on the Elkin High tennis team, began working with Jack Jernigan Tuesday at Elkin Municipal Park in preparation for a camp he hopes to put on for eight- to 12-year-olds by the end of summer.
“I haven’t done it before,” Lyon said after a 90-minute session with several students under the age of 12. “I learned how to work with the kids and talk to them a little bit.
“You got to keep them focused.”
Lyon, who played at No. 4 singles and won his singles and doubles match in a 5-3 loss to eventual state champion Bishop McGuinness in the playoffs, is sure of himself when he’s playing. Maybe not so much when he is working with others - even those much younger than himself.
“Sometimes I can be shy around people I haven’t met,” he said.
Jernigan thinks Lyon will do fine.
“Jacob’s one of my middle school students from years ago,” Jernigan said. “Jacob is just a good kid. He has a lot of fun with tennis. He’s a very skilled tennis player.
“He’s learned a lot over the years.”
Lyon’s composure and his command of the fundamentals could be a potent combination.
“I might end up coaching at some point,” Lyon said.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.