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New tennis coach to set team up for success

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With the departure of Head Tennis Coach Jeff Burke at the beginning of the school year, and Assistant Coach Lisa Henthorne taking a different job in January, the tennis team faced a new coaching staff for the upcoming season. Burke was replaced with Bryan Reese and Henthorne was replaced with Kim Gruber.

  “It was tough knowing that we wouldn’t have Coach Burke because he was a really great coach and I learned a lot from him,” junior Dax Butler said. “The transition to Coach Reese has been awesome though. He know a lot about tennis and is a really cool guy.”

  The transition to the new coaching staff has been smooth.

  “The transition has been great. I already knew several of the players from church which made the move a little easier,” Burke said. “The parental and administrative support has been great so far also.”

At the team’s opening tournament in Westmoore the boys got third place and the girls were one win away from second place.

  “The team has been doing well so far. We are pretty young with quite a few freshmen and sophomores playing varsity this year so I am very pleased with the way they have performed so far,” Reese said.

  Butler has played tennis since he was 10 but believes he and the team have a lot to improve on.

  “My back hand and consistency could definitely get better,” he said. “ As a team, our weakness is that we do not play extremely well in the wind.”

  Despite the large number of underclassmen on the team, Butler feels that they work hard to stay on par with the upperclassmen.

  “The freshmen and sophomores are all very talented and don’t sleep because we are all #goldballchasing,” he said.

  Senior Andrew Day has been playing tennis during his freshman year. His current win-loss record is 4-6.

  “Tennis is the one sport you can cheer on your teammates on because someone else on your team is always playing a match when you are not,” Day said.

  Burke is excited to be leading the team and is preparing for their upcoming tournament in Muskogee March 30.

  “I think we have some great kids and some very supportive parents,” Burke said. “ I am looking forward to the rest of the year and the future.”

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