Defending champion Wyoming features new tennis coach

Defending champion Wyoming features new tennis coach

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Defending champion Wyoming features new tennis coach

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Moving up to handle the Wyoming High School boys tennis team this spring is Laurie Hoppenjans. The new coach is familiar with the program’s talent, having coached the junior varsity for three seasons.

The Cowboys finished first in the Cincinnati Hills League last spring for the first time since 2009. The team lost CHL first-teamers Nik Plattenburg and Mike Montgomery to graduation but return four starters in senior Myles Bourbon and Will Carter and junior Chris Murray and Jay Klein. Senior Kieren Thomas, juniors Nolan Morley and Alex Sfyris and freshman George Arenas fill out the roster.

Bourbon and Carter are returning CHL first team players, with Murray making second team and Klein honorable mention. Bourbon made the state Division II tournament in doubles last season.

“We have three seniors who are very strong players,” Hoppenjans said. “Not only are they strong players, they are supportive teammates and fantastic role models for our younger players. The team is cohesive and has a lot of fun on the court while being focused and competitive at the same time. They’re respectable and coachable young men, which is important to me as their new female coach.”

After their return from spring break, Wyoming is at Milford April 8 and home with Kings April 9.

Now in his eighth season, Rob Caress has his Princeton squad looking up after a bottom-half finish in the highly-talented Greater Miami Conference last season.

Caress has the entire 2014 team returning. They were young last year and plowed through a rebuilding season in the hope it would pay off this year and further down the line.

This season, Caress said his team is “senior-led” with Matt Arroyo ringing the bell. Caress said Arroyo, who will play next year in college at Wittenberg, has been the best player in the program since he arrived as a freshman. Arroyo will headline in the first singles spot.

Returning for his second varsity season at second singles is Abe Williams, a former basketball player who Caress described as an athlete who can compete. At third singles is sophomore Joe Cunningham, also a soccer player, and still relatively new to the sport, but Caress said he’s picking it up pretty well.

The doubles teams aren’t set in stone but look for senior Josh Hardin, junior Bryan Creed, sophomore Damon Foster, freshman Dustin Medina and junior Andrew Vaaler to contribute.

“We have some guys that are very talented,” Caress said. “We have athletic kids that are inexperienced but I’m excited to see their potential. We’re a young team but have three seniors steering the ship and paving the way for some of these younger guys that are gonna be tough.”

The only place to go is up in the Greater Catholic League-South for Moeller High School’s tennis team as St. Xavier has had a stranglehold on the championship dating back to when The Beatles were still playing concerts (1965).

The Crusaders tied for second in the league at 3-3 and were 14-5 overall last season under coach Alex Thompson. They have had four consecutive winning seasons.

The roster is young with five juniors and two sophomores. Juniors Michael Tepe, Kelley Peter and Alec Hoelker are returning starters along with sophomore Max Berky. Sophomore Michael Keyser also should figure into the equation and juniors Joe Burns and Justin Cashman are also on the squad.

Tepe was GCL-South second team in singles in 2014, going 4-2 in the league and 17-3 overall in second singles. Berky played third singles and was 4-2 in the league and 12-6 overall. Peter, Keyser and Hoelker were mainly doubles players a year ago.

“This is a very fun, young team who really wants to win,” Thompson said. “They have been putting in a ton of work that will hopefully pay off.”

Moeller returns after their spring break to take on Springfield April 13.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy had a smattering of its players including Nathaniel Hipsley, Chris Bolinger, Andrew Breeze-Stringfellow, John Wells, Justin Sikkema, David Humphrey and Michael O’Brien receive all-Miami Valley Conference recognition last season.

No further information was available as of press time.

So far, the Eagles are 0-3 following losses to Chaminade-Julienne, La Salle and St. Xavier. The Eagles returned to the court against Summit Country Day April 7.

Players to watch

Myles Bourbon, senior, Wyoming: Made Division II state tournament in doubles. CHL first team.

Will Carter, senior, Wyoming: CHL first team in singles.

Michael Tepe, junior, Moeller. Returning singles player that made GCL-South second team.

Myles Bourbon returns a shot for Wyoming May 21 at Cincinnati Country Day. Bourbon made the state tournament for Wyoming in doubles.

Myles Bourbon returns a shot for Wyoming May 21 at Cincinnati Country Day. Bourbon made the state tournament for Wyoming in doubles.

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