Young Athletes to Watch: Moore and Caton

From Issue 3

Lytle Moore

Freshman tennis player Lytle Moore began playing tennis when he was six years old. He became a part of the Jackson Prep tennis team in seventh grade and has played a lot more singles than doubles.

Moore posing with one of his tournament trophies. Photo Courtesy of Lytle Moore

In seventh grade, he played in the number two singles spot for the varsity team, only losing one set. Young players who take active roles on the varsity tennis team usually experience an abundance of success as they get older.

His most memorable moment playing tennis was when he won the Southern Championship. Even more impressively, Moore did this just a few months after breaking his ankle. His favorite part of tennis outside of Jackson Prep is getting to travel and hang out with players from all over the country.

Despite all of his accomplishments, he is very humble about his success in the sport, sharing, “I do pretty well, but I am always trying to get better.”

In addition to playing tennis, Lytle plays basketball and is the Student Council President of the 9th grade.


Taylor Caton

Taylor Caton is an 8th grade softball player. She plays the sport almost all year around: spending time with Prep softball in the fall and the rest of the year with her travel team. Her main position is pitcher but she can also play second base, shortstop, and third base.

Caton shuffles her feet to field a ground ball. Photo courtesy of Taylor Caton

As a seventh grader, she played on the junior varsity and varsity team, but this year she was strictly a varsity player. Her jersey number is 13. Her number choice is inspired by her coach and mom, Jackson Prep head softball coach Cory Caton. She shared, “My mom was always 13 growing up and I just always love that number.” Her favorite part of the sport she said is, “being able to play the sport I love and being able to get so close to so many people who I probably wouldn’t know.” Before every inning she and senior Olivia Sasser have a “glove hug” where they put their gloves together.

Caton is a multisport athlete playing volleyball, softball, basketball, tennis and track, but  he excels on the softball field. The week of October 12th she was nominated for Clarion Ledger’s #MSPREPS Athlete of the week. As an eighth grader, this is a huge accomplishment.