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  • Spring Sports Preview: High School Tennis

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  • School: Dover High School
    Nickname: Senators
    2012-2013 Record: Boys (8-7) Girls (9-5)
    Head Coach: Boys – Richard Duke Girls – Devon Wilson
    Key Returning Players: Boys – Deschaune Bellamy, Cannon Giglio, Andy Zheng
    Girls – Sage Cole, Emma Patterson, Shannon Biddle, Sarah Litchford, Victoria Lucas
    Season Outlook:
    The boys got off to a rough start to last season, but as the year went on they improved and eventually finished with a mark of 8-7. With some returning standouts like Cannon Giglio and Andy Zheng, the Senators hope to continue to build off the momentum of last year and challenge in the Henlopen Conference.
    After a strong campaign last season for the girls, they're back looking for even more hardware to add to their shelves. With a number of returning standouts and newcomers like Abby Jawahar, the Lady Senators look to once again compete with some of the best in the area.
    From the Coach:
    "They are motivated and looking to surpass their many accomplishments from last year," said Dover Girls Coach Devon Wilson. "All the girls have improved and we have welcomed four new girls to our family. Abby Jawahar is our new No. 1 singles, her style of play fits right into our program and we are excited to see all she is going to achieve. As always, we expect to have fun and compete until the last match."
    School: Caesar Rodney High School
    Nickname: Riders
    2012-2013 Record: Boys (15-0) Girls (14-0)
    Head Coach: Boys – James Harvey Girls – Zachary Taylor
    Key Returning Players: Boys – Nicola Sijan, Nate Parker, Trey Parker, Donnan Gravelle, Alex Feuerstein
    Girls – Sarah Candeloro
    Season Outlook: After an undefeated season last year for the boys CR squad, they return five key players from last year along with the addition of freshman Parker Barton. With their nucleus intact, it should be no surprise to see the Rider Boys after another Henlopen title this season.
    Like the boys squad, the girls squad is coming off an undefeated season as well. The Lady Riders return senior Sarah Canderloro this season and welcome newcomer Hannah Morris, the sister of last year's state champion Jared Morris. After finishing second in the state last season, the Riders begin the long climb back to the top this season with what they believe to be the talent necessary to accomplish their goal.
    From the Coach: "My expectations are that each player has the opportunity to reach his goals, by becoming better tennis players at every practice and match," said CR Boys Head Coach James Harvey.
    Page 2 of 3 - "Our motto for this season is to 'Be One Better'," said CR Girl Head Coach Zachary Taylor. "Last year we finished second in the state tournament and we would like to improve upon that this season. We also expect to contend for another Henlopen Conference title."
    School: Polytech High School
    Nickname: Panthers
    2012-2013 Record: Boys (3-10) Girls (3-8)
    Head Coach: Boys – Al Mullins Girls – Patricia Collins
    Key Returning Players: Boys - Ryan Mullins, Brandon Weber, Isaac McQueen, William Lackey, Clay Satterfield, Ryan Crowley
    Girls – Chelsea Becton, Cierra Becton, Tillie Geyer, Makayla Messick, Mary Besong
    Season Outlook: After sub-par seasons for both the boys and girls tennis teams at Polytech, both squads return for a new campaign looking to improve this season. Both squads boast some impressive returning players, while leaning on some newcomers to fill some voids. With a combination of experience and youth, the Panthers could very well surprise some people this season. While the boys will lean on Ryan Mullins, the girls will rely on returnees Chelsea and Cierra Becton, as well as some newcomers in Alli Wishin and Erica Wharf.
    From the Coach:
    "We have a fairly young team this year," said Polytech Boys Head Coach Al Mullins. "I think we will surprise a few teams out there, we look forward to finishing in the top three."
    "My expectations for this year's team are to win more matches," said Polytech Girls Head Coach Patricia Collins. "[And] to see these students continue to grow as tennis players and become even more passionate about the sport."
    School: Lake Forest High School
    Nickname: Spartans
    2012-2013 Record: Boys (2-10) Girls (2-11)
    Head Coach: Boys – Brice Baylis Girls – Miranda Goldthwaite, Machaela Huber
    Key Returning Players: Boys – Jang Yi, Logan Timson, Jeff Hudson Girls -
    Season Outlook: After disappointing overall finishes from both the boys and girls Lake Forest tennis squads last season, they return for a brand new year looking to turn things around. With a solid group of returning players on the boys side, they look to build upon what they've learned over last season and mold it into results this season.
    From the Coach: "My expectations for this season are to go out and give it our best," said Lake Forest Boys Tennis Head Coach Brice Baylis. "The boys know what is expected of them and we have discussed this every day in practice. These guys know what they want and I have no doubt that they can go out and accomplish what we set out to do for the season."
    Page 3 of 3 - School: St. Thomas More High School
    Nickname: Ravens
    2012-2013 Record: Boys (4-6) Girls (11-0)
    Head Coach: Boys – Eric Spencer Girls – Julie Murphy
    Key Returning Players: Boys – Anthony Caruso, Jhun Yee Lin, Kevin Stover, William Willard, Justin Zaragoza
    Girls – Meghan Murphy, Danielle Ruczynski, Maria Sadusky, Sunzuray Salas
    Season Outlook: After a lackluster season by the Raven's boys team last season, their five returning players look to learn from last year's experiences and improve this time around. With an all-underclassmen roster, the boys program is still in the building process, while returning players like Anthony Caruso, Jhun Yee Lin, Kevin Stover, William Willard and Justin Zaragoza hope to see their games grow this season.
    The girls had an outstanding undefeated season last year. This season, the Ravens must find players to fill the void left behind by graduating seniors. The Ravens now have a roster filled with only underclassmen, though four of them are returning players. Meghan Murphy, Danielle Ruczynski, Maria Sadusky and Sunzuray Salas will lead the core while seven newcomers look to contribute.
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