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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PHS netters hope to make 'racquet'

  • Looking to add another strong season to its legacy, the Greenback girls' tennis team takes to the courts for 2012 with 15 girls on the roster. Comprised of four freshmen, seven sophomores, and four juniors, the Lady Greenbacks will be young, yet enjoy a returning core of varsity-tested players.
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  • Looking to add another strong season to its legacy, the Greenback girls' tennis team takes to the courts for 2012 with 15 girls on the roster. Comprised of four freshmen, seven sophomores, and four juniors, the Lady Greenbacks will be young, yet enjoy a returning core of varsity-tested players.
    With no seniors on the roster, the reins of leadership will be in the hands of junior tri-captains Adele Loomis, Lauren McClain, and Dani Williams. All three have two years of varsity experience with Adele and Dani going deep in last year's post-season and Lauren qualifying for the state tournament her freshman and sophomore years. Rounding out the juniors, Taylor Moreland adds her experience to the junior varsity.
    "It's pretty exciting knowing that half of our varsity is made up of competition-tested players…and they're just juniors," reflected head coach Larry Kahmeyer. "Knowing we won't lose anybody to graduation is a coach's dream. We've got to round out the second half of the varsity, but we've got seven strong sophomores who can jump in any time."
    Paced by Jade Hoover, who will join Loomis, McClain and Williams on varsity, fellow sophomores Ellie Brehm, Alicia Hall, Elee Hampton, Madi Mayberry, Delaney Skaggs and Anna Stryker are vying for the remaining positions.
    Summing up the sophomores, Kahmeyer said, "These seven are a great group of girls. Most worked very hard in the summer and have improved greatly since last year. They are all very evenly matched in ability and almost any one of them can win on any given day so it will be interesting to see how things play out. With seven girls competing for three spots, there will be some challenges and frustrations. We've got a lot of options and combinations with which to experiment and that's a great problem to have."
    Joining the squad for the first time are freshmen Lizzie Amaro, Hazen Hance, Eadie Monaghan and Cassie Van Slyke.
    "This freshmen group is very promising," said Kahmeyer. "They are way ahead of where most girls are when they are joining the team. Hazen, Eadie, and Cassie played some over the summer and Lizzie brings some volleyball experience giving her a head start. All four are improving daily and it'll be fun watching these girls' skills develop over the season."
    Assisting Kahmeyer will be coach Tate Thompson, now in his fourth year, and team managers Shivam Bhakta, sr., and Liam Kahmeyer, jr.
    The varsity will see its first action at Lyons on Thursday. Opening its season, the junior varsity will host an invitational on Tuesday, August 28 while the varsity travels to Hillsboro.

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