EATON — The first tennis state champion in Eaton history, sophomore Macy Hitchcock, was honored for her effort during the Eaton City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
Hitchcock won the D-II state single title in October, defeating defending state champion Sydni Ratliff in the finals in two sets to win the state championship.
The proclamation reads, “Whereas, with great pride, Eatonians watch the growth of its talented, local athletes as they work hard to achieve their hopes and dreams and then share in the thrill for those who have the rare opportunity to reach stellar heights; and, whereas, this fall, Eaton High School Sophomore, a tenacious Macy Hitchcock, took her stance on the Lindner Family Tennis Courts at the District II State Tennis Singles Tournament; and, whereas, for two straight days, Macy emblazoned her mark on the sport, not soon to be equaled, bringing home to the Eaton Eagles the first-ever State Championship [in tennis] on October 24, 2020.
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that I, Gary Wagner, Mayor of the City of Eaton, Ohio, along with Eaton City Council and the citizens of Eaton, do hereby pay a sincere tribute to Macy Hitchcock for her exceptional effort and maturity in the sport of tennis and to commend her commitment to excellence in representing herself, her family, her school and her community. It is a great pleasure to honor you on your personal success and extend best wishes for the future.”
“Thank you very much for doing this and I appreciate you guys acknowledging it,” Macy’s father and coach John Hitchcock said after the proclamation was read.
“Can she beat you at tennis?” councilmember Dave Kirsch asked.
Macy quickly responded to say she could.
In other business
The Eaton Fire and EMS report for October showed a combined response of 205 calls; 137 EMS responses, including seven second Medic responses; and 68 fire/rescue responses, including 13 general alarms. Mutual aid was received seven times and provided five times. There was an average of 6.6 calls per day for the month.
There were eight heroin overdose responses in October, the second-highest total of the year behind 12 responses in June. Eaton has 41 heroin overdose responses this year, ahead of 29 in 2018 and 30 in 2019.
Eaton City Council will meet twice in December, with meetings on Dec. 7 and Dec. 21. These meetings are open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. at the City Building.
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