Tiger coach excited about season

¦ HG/EL-G netters return eight starters
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

HOWARDS GROVE – The outlook for this season is bright for the Howards Grove/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah boys tennis team which has a wealth of experience.

The Tigers return eight letter winners, all starters, from last year as they look to improve on the 2013 season in which they finished 3-5 in Eastern Wisconsin Conference dual play and 4-7 overall.

“I’m very excited for the season because we have eight of our 10 varsity players back this year. Every year we have continued to grow with a very young group, and I can’t wait to see what this year’s team has to offer,” said Elizabeth Hill who’s in her fifth season as the Tigers’ head coach.

While the squad has a lot of veteran players, it also has many newcomers, including nine freshman out of 18 total players.

The Tigers’ returning players include seniors Zach Stanzyk and Erin Valenstein, who will play at No. 2 doubles; juniors Andrew Reinemann, Luke Stanczyk and Trent Beninghaus at the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles positions, respectively; sophomore Luke Stanczyk, No. 3 singles; junior Zach Fritz, a No. 1 doubles player; and junior Dan Sohn at No. 3 doubles.

Fritz’s doubles partner is freshman Keegan Rhynas. Filling out the rest of the varsity lineup is freshman Ty Bender who will team with Sohn. Among the newcomers, Rhynas has impressed Hill the most.

“Keegan Rhynas is going to be a great asset to our team. He has already shown that he can compete and lead a team,” Hill said.

“I am looking for our singles players to help lead the team. Our No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles will have some very difficult competition, so we will be looking for other positions to step up and get the wins needed,” Hill said.

“This team has a very strong work ethic and loves being out on the court and is willing to work hard. We are typically the underdog but I think we will be able to surprise our opponents this year with how far we have come.”

Hill’s top goal is for the Tigers to finish in the top three in the EWC. She predicts Plymouth and Manitowoc Roncalli will place 1-2, respectively, in the league race. PHS is the defending champion after going 9-0 in EWC duals. Roncalli won three straight EWC titles before finishing second last season.

“We will need help from everyone on the team to finish in the top three,” said the coach.

Howards and Elkhart began their co-op tennis program, which includes boys and girls, last season. The Elkhart students on the team this year are freshmen Catherine Brotz-Twohig and Jade Henschel.

HOWARDS GROVE/EL-G BOYS
TENNIS SCHEDULE
April 12 – Catholic Memorial Invite, @
Ripon College, ppd.
April 15 – @ St. Lawrence Seminary
April 22 – @ Sheboygan Falls
April 24 – Kohler, here
April 28 – @ St. Mary’s Springs
April 29 – @ Two Rivers
May 1 – Waupun, here
May 6 – @ Chilton
May 8 – Manitowoc Roncalli, here
May 13 – Kewaunee, here
May 15 – @ Plymouth
May 20 – Kewaskum, here
May 27 – Subsectional, TBA

HOWARDS GROVE/EL-G

TENNIS ROSTER

Seniors – *Zach Stanczyk and *Erin Valenstein.

Juniors – *Luke Stanczyk, *Andrew Reinemann, *Trent Beninghaus, *Dan Sohn and *Zach Fritz.

Sophomores – *Travis Stanczyk and Brad Olson.

Freshmen – Ty Bender, Morgan Bramstedt, Catherine Brotz-Twohig, Delaney Butler-Channel, Joyell Glocke, Jade Henschel, Keegan Rhynas, Melanie Roehrborn and Allyson Wasmer.

* - Returning letter winner.


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