Menchville this year was the first team from
But the Daily Press thanks longtime Lafayette coach Richard Goode for reminding us of this: He guided some darn fine teams of his own -- especially before
In 1991, Lafayette -- led by No. 1 player Hank Wells and featuring outstanding depth -- far outplayed teams from South
Then in 1995, Lafayette returned to the state tournament under the new rules that allowed two teams per region to qualify. The Rams edged Cox 5-4 and lost 5-4 to Maury to take second place in the region.
That Lafayette squad was led by Mark Tepes, who won the regional singles championship and went on to start for Virginia Tech. He sometimes competed against Harvard teams led by brothers James and Thomas Blake.
Lately, Tepes got back into tennis and rejuvenated his game enough to represent the United States in international age-group competitions.
Jay Nelson, who went on to start for Mary Washington, was among the district's best players of the era, too.
At state in '95, Lafayette lost 9-0 to E.C. Glass, which was beginning to become one of the best traditionally zoned high school teams I have watched in almost 35 years of following