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The young and the restless

Boys’ tennis consists of primarily underclassmen Brian Harris staff writer When boys’ tennis practice began, a coach had not yet even been secured, and only two members from last year’s team were on the roster. With an influx of unknown underclassmen, the season’s outcome seemed to be very difficult to predict. Only the top five players play singles matches against other schools, and the top three of those five are freshmen. The other two are a mere grade older. “We are pretty much the youngest team in the county,” freshman Ryan Detres said. Detres plays in the number one slot on the team, meaning that during each match he goes against the opposing team’s top player. Despite the team’s relative youth, Detres had an optimistic outlook through the season and is not really in awe of the superior experience of the other teams. “It’s been pretty good, and also challenging,” Detres said. “The older players are not really intimidating, they are just other players.” Number two player and fellow freshman Josh Klay shares Detres’ optimism. “I think we are really good for a mostly freshman team,” Klay said The boys compiled an 8-4 regular season record to back up the talk. “We have only lost to the four main

district winners in Alonso, Wharton, Hillsborough and Plant,” Klay said. “We come to different schools that have huge seniors, but it’s not really that bad.” Number four player sophomore Scott Rosen is one of the few nonfreshmen on the team. “It is kind of weird because they are all better than me and I’m a sophomore,” Rosen said. Rosen is still only a sophomore and this is actually his first year on the team, so he is just as inexperienced as the freshmen. This fact brings about a question of leadership. “We don’t really have a leader,” Klay said. “The closest thing I guess you would say is our number one player but we really all just go out and play.” The season came to a close during Spring Break at districts on April 7th and 8th. The team entered the tournaphoto courtesy of Glory ment as the fourth seeded school out of eight. The top four slotted play- Freshman Josh Klay hits a forehand return. Klay is currently the second ranked player within the primarily ers on the team were victorious in freshmen team. the first round before falling to top and we can prepare better.” said. seeded Wharton. Although the sport’s pinnacle at this level The future for the team seems to have an Despite not winning the tournament, was not reached this season, the top players infinitely high ceiling. the team still feels it was a beneficial exon the team will all return for the next year “Within a few years, we should be a well perience. and beyond. known team,” Klay said. “People will know “We did fairly well,” Klay said. “It “Everyone expects to be better,” Detres us better.” shows us who we will be facing next year,

Succeeding through closeness

Girls’ team bonds despite age difference

coaching along with upperclassman leadership and support has cultivated a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for all of the players. Alisa Wills “This is the closest the team has ever been. All the staff writer players get along really well,” McKenna said. Districts took place over spring break at Hunter’s The unique path taken by the girl’s tennis team this year Green Country Club. Bridget McKenna placed second has led to a successful season. Although the sport requires against Chamberlain. immense dedication and training first, the team made it a “Players ranked third through fifth made it through priority to get to know each other beyond the court. their first round and ended up losing to Chamberlain The team was lead by veteran players Senior Taylor or Plant in the second round,” Fisher said. The doubles Fisher and Junior Bridget McKenna. “I teams made it through their first have played since my freshman year round matches as well. and seen the team have multiple coaches Some of the team is also relatively who approach the sport in a variety of young this year with five freshman ways,” Fisher said. This year the returnparticipating. The captains therefore ing girls helped to maintain the stability have helped to include the freshman of their team. and show them how the team works. The evidence of the team’s hard Keeping with their goal for this year, work can be seen in their record. They the new players were inducted with a played in a total of twelve matches this friendly approach. year and ended up with a record of 10“We had an initiation where we 2. The losses were against Chamberlain threw water balloons at them. It was and Plant and there were three games all in good spirit and everyone ended they did not have the opportunity to up getting wet and having a fun [bridget mckenna] play. time,” Fisher said. “We had three no shows for schedOnce they were initiated, the freshuled games. Two teams canceled and men have been treated as fairly as the other girls. never rescheduled, and one just plain didn’t show up,” “It doesn’t matter what grade the girls are in: we are all Fisher said. really close,” Fisher said. This situation can bring about some frustration. In order to get to know each other as more than team“We work hard to prepare for our games and it can be mates, a post-game tradition has developed. disappointing when they are canceled,” McKenna said. “On Mondays after matches, we all go to dinner at The girls were lead by Coach Karanxha this year, Moe’s,” Fisher said. “This gives us a chance to get to know the father of freshman Joana Karanxha. His experienced each other as friends, not just during tennis.”

This is the closest the team has ever been. All the players get along really well.

photo courtesy of Glory

Junior Ashley Sorrick practices her tennis return. Sorrick enjored the welcoming atmosphere of the team and contributed to leadership being one of the upperclassmen on the squad.

Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008