Boone County boys tackle tennis

Boone County boys tackle tennis


Boone County boys tackle tennis


Coach Amy Bates, right, shown with the Okitas, has 31 players for Ryle tennis this year.

Coach Amy Bates, right, shown with the Okitas, has 31 players for Ryle tennis this year.

With high school tennis in full swing, here is a look at some of the programs in Boone County.

Cooper is in a rebuilding year from last year according to head coach Terry Trame. The Jaguars graduated six players including state singles qualifier Jake Honschopp and have three returners with some experience (Randy Wiseman, Nathan Dudash, and Spencer Goode). The team wants to be able to come out each day and get better.

The Jags have two seniors, Jay Lock, and Isaac Redman that have some ability but are untested and junior Hayden Dwyer and sophomore Derrick Hewitt have athleticism but have limited experience.

The future does look bright, said Trame, as three eighth-graders are coming back for the third year which include Colton Cox, Jacob Hickman and Alex Simpson. Seventh-grader Nick Sparks rounds out the team.

Ryle traditionally has one of the deepest rosters in the area. This year is no different with 31 Raiders and several seniors including David Geis, Alan Groathouse, Andrew Howe, Drake Hudak, Corey James, Nicholas Jones, Davis Mitchell, Brian Plowdrey, Phillip Spiritoso and Alex Warner.

Hudak and Geis, both seniors, competed at state in doubles last season, advancing to the second round before losing to the fourth seed. They will both play for Thomas More College next season according to head coach Amy Bates.

The No. 2 doubles team of senior Andrew Howe and junior Joey Sciarra shows great promise. Sophomore Max O’Leary has a year of experience at first singles. Second singles player, sophomore Jonah Shields, also returns. Spiritoso is showing great promise at third singles. Bates is impressed with a strong group of newcomers overall.

St. Henry has a roster of 16 for the 2015 season, led by seniors Jonathan Basten, Logan Eddy and Karlan Wesdorp.

The Walton-Verona Bearcats return two regional participants in junior Seth Riehemann and freshman Jacob Elstun. The Bearcats are currently 2-2 and compete in the NCKC Conference Tournament in the first week of April.

The Bearcats list four seniors on their roster, including Daniel Franks, Joey Block, Jonah Frank and Sam Pulliam. The Bearcats list 12 on their roster. The Bearcats host St. Henry April 13.

Conner graduated two-time state qualifiers Casey Garnett and Jacob Eberhard in doubles. Junior Nathan Eberhard returns at first singles. Rio Ogata and Chris Gil return from regional doubles and sophomore Nick Ellerman in singles.


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