Boys tennis noted and quoted

by Levi Houtman

The Bulldogs have gone (2-0) in the month of August, led by coaches Terry Blevins and Coach Snoap. With a large senior class up on varsity, the team is in good hands in terms of leadership. The teams hope to take this first part of September easy in preparation for the following weeks with matches and tournaments every few days.

With many returning players, and a strong class of new freshmen, the Bulldogs have a strong team from first singles to last doubles.

Team chemistry isn’t something to worry about. Over the past 3 years the JV team of players has only lost 1 match, going undefeated in the 2014-2015 season, and the 2016-2017 season. Having over 30 wins in the past three years, and only obtaining one loss, the Bulldogs are a force to be reckoned with.

I went around and asked some of the players on the teams what their thoughts are heading into the remainder of the season.

Q: What are your expectations heading into the rest of the season?

“Winning the remainder of our games, having a good personal season for myself, and destroying the rest of the teams in our way.”

– Jacob VanDoeselaar, Senior

Q: How do you feel about your team going into the rest of the season?

“I myself feel pretty confident, as a team I believe that we’re all going in with our heads high and believe we can finish strong.”

-Mason Herb, Freshman

Q: Do you think the team will be able to achieve another undefeated season?

We’ve been able to go undefeated my freshmen and junior year, I believe that we will be able have another perfect season.”

Kelly Herb, Senior

Q: Has anyone stood out to the point that it’s surprised you?

“All of the freshmen. They’ve surprised us all with what they’re capable of.”

Kelly Herb, Senior

The varsity team looks to complete another perfect season, continuing the tradition of having an undefeated season. Other schools are on the mission to stop the tradition and have the boys take a loss. Even though that’s their target, no one is going to go down easily without putting up a fight. The Dog’s are going against the Rockford Rams Monday, September 11. 

JV Tennis to rely on leadership to continue success

by Patrick Clark

After a successful past season for the JV tennis team, which included an OK Red Championship the bulldogs have even higher expectations with no excuses.

This year has the same expectation. With a second place finish in their first tournament, hopes are high for the Dawgs.  

Seniors will play a big role in helping the team achieve that.  Seniors Owen Farney and Spencer Woodruff will help the dawgs to victory this year.  The pair of seniors at first doubles will be a force to be reckoned with.  Their roles on the team won’t just be to win but also help lead a young team while having tons of fun during the season.  

Sophomore Caleb Sheehan described the seniors as “ leading by example, with their hard work,” and, “They make practice fun and exciting.”

Senior Spencer Woodruff described the role as “ it’s not that much of a vocal role, but we as seniors set the tone by dominating on the court and showing the underclassmen how to work hard.”

Other Seniors include, Trent Balley, Lance Aidif, and Matthew Kocsis who will also help lead the team.  With this senior leadership the bulldogs hope to have a successful season.