SET TO HIT — Cowboy tennis player Paul O‘Brien moves in to return a serve from Austin Zomer during a practice session this past week. Saturday, Conrad is host to Cut Bank, Havre and Lewistown in an invitational meet. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Kendall Griggs, CHS Tennis Coach
With a large turnout of players the Conrad tennis teams have replaced the loss of veteran seniors from last year. Though we lost five boys and three girls from our varsity squads the upcoming freshman have filled the void on our team.
We are young, but every player on the court is willing to listen and put forth the effort required to make the team competitive during the season. We have a great group of kids out this season and I know they are going to do all they can to improve individually and as a team throughout the season.
The boys team has 16 players with no returning seniors. Junior Calen King looks to improve his 4th place finish in singles at State last year. Johnny Schlosser took 2nd last year in State doubles and looks to find a new partner and vie for the top position again in doubles.
The other returning varsity members, Colter Knox and Luke Schlosser, continue to push themselves and are helping the younger players develop at practice. The freshman boys are athletic and improving everyday on the courts. They are young, but very coachable, which is always an ingredient for future success.
The girls return five players from last year’s team. Senior Bethany Grubb and her doubles partner Emily Weisgram look to be a competitive duo again this season. Alyssa Keil, one of only two-returning seniors on either team, will be a force again in girls singles. Rachel Lamb, Courtney Anderson and Jade Rodriguez strengthen the team’s depth as they return to the singles court. Many freshman girls round off the team and will hopefully add depth and competition at practice. They come to the team with a good skill set learned at the UMS program, which is always promising for future years to come.
Overall Coach Greg Jensen and I feel this year’s team is going to be young, but strong. We have had many nice days thus far and cross our fingers for good weather for the rest of the season. However, we have a meet on Easter weekend so the farmers may not have to wait that much longer for rain or snow.
If the weather does cooperate come on out on April 3 and cheer on the tennis teams for the annual Conrad Invitational against Havre, Cut Bank and Lewistown.