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Fox tennis standouts reach for the stars
They are an inspiration of hope for future generations of high school athletes. Like most high school young adults, Brooklyn and Bethany Cobb enjoy music, shopping and the general high school experience; however, by taking the initiative and making their faith in God, academics and athletics their number one priority, they are arguably two of the best tennis athletes in the entire Battlefield District.
In their second season on the tennis team, both girls have risen near the top of their game, with Bethany being the second seed, and Brooklyn close behind at third seed. Presently they are the number one doubles seed on the team, with only one loss for the season. In addition, the majority of the team’s individual wins are attributed to the Cobb sisters.
The most interesting part of their journey to the top is the fact that last year was the first time they had ever picked up a tennis racquet. “When we first began playing tennis, we were relying on our athleticism, but it seemed to work for us,” Brooklyn said. “As time went by, we improved.” Last season, they received a team award for most improved for doubles competition.
As doubles teammates, both sisters have learned to be their best critic as well as their closest support system. “I like playing with her [Brooklyn], because if I mess up, she will not get upset,” Bethany said. “I know her weaknesses and strengths, and even when she gets mad, I know how to calm her down—this shows we have balance.”
King George tennis girls' head coach Pamela Shea is proud of the Cobb sisters current success and how it has benefited her team. "Brook and Beth are exceptional tennis players and when they play together they are a force to be reckoned with," Shea said.
However, due to the influence of their brothers, Brock and Benjamin, who once competed in the boys’ tennis program—and their natural athletic skills, the fraternal twin duo are leading the team to the best season the girls’ tennis program has had in years. Presently Brock is completing doctorates of music program at George Mason University and Benjamin is attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
According to their mother and King George School Board Clerk, Robin Cobb, their family success is attributed to being spiritually grounded. “First and foremost, God should be given the credit for their success,” Robin Cobb said. Cobb is a long time AAU basketball coach and a former high school [track, softball, basketball] and college [basketball] star athlete.
Academically, the Cobb sisters have found a balance between athletics and the classroom that has resulted in both girls achieving the status of 4.0 and members of the National Honor Society. Most recently, both sisters were accepted at Hampton University, where Brooklyn will major in pharmacy and Bethany will major in elementary education. In addition, they will also be roommates in college.
Musically, all four Cobb siblings are accomplished musicians. With the exception of their senior year, the Cobb sisters have played in bands associated with the King George School system since the fourth grade. “Music has always been in my household,” Robin said. “Everyone plays an instrument, except me. My mother was a piano player, but none of us [siblings] actually learned—but we sang.”
After graduation, both Bethany and Brooklyn will continue playing tennis on a travel team sponsored by U-turn Sports Performance Academy, out of Richmond, Virginia.
In the spring of 2010, they will join the Hampton University tennis team, where they will have an opportunity to reach for the stars on a collegiate level.
Leonard M. Banks