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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Frog netters gearing up

  • When starting a tennis season, normally the first thing to place in the players’ hands would be a tennis racket. Not so for the beginning of the 2013 Greenback boys’ season. On Thursday, February 28, the first things the guys were swinging were snow shovels and brooms, trying to clear a court or two of a foot of snow to start practicing.
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  • When starting a tennis season, normally the first thing to place in the players’ hands would be a tennis racket. Not so for the beginning of the 2013 Greenback boys’ season. On Thursday, February 28, the first things the guys were swinging were snow shovels and brooms, trying to clear a court or two of a foot of snow to start practicing.
    With two days of hard work and a little help from the sun, the following Monday the boys were out hitting tennis balls in 40 degree weather, eager to begin what is shaping up to be promising season.
    With 13 on the roster and no rookies, this year’s squad takes to the courts with a wealth of experience. Paced by five returning players with varsity experience, the Greenbacks should be very competitive.
    Seniors Shivam Bhakta, Thomas Mayberry, Jonathan Schotte, and Stanton Sinclair are joined by juniors  Drew Dobbs, Trae Foreman, Evan Fowler, Liam Kahmeyer, Christian Kurz, and David Parmar. Improved and looking at a second year of competition are sophomores Matthew Loomis, Jacob Schaffer, and Ethan Sharp.  The Greenbacks are coached by Larry Kahmeyer and Tate Thompson. Helping with apparel, equipment and record-keeping are managers Jade Hoover, Lauren McClain, and Dani Williams.
    “I’m really looking forward to this year with a great group of men,” commented Kahmeyer. “I was naturally disappointed that no freshmen signed on this year, but the plus side is that Tate and I can really push the guys to perfect their skills. We’ve got a solid core of players with deep experience and post-season aspirations and that’s a promising combination. We are both looking forward to seeing what the season holds.”
    Mayberry, a 2012 10th place state medalist, is looking to complete his fourth trip to the 4A championship tournament and Kahmeyer, a 2012 qualifier, is gearing up for a return trip for some hardware. Schotte and Kurz, falling short of a state trip by one match last year, have set their sights on being on the courts and not in the stands for 2013. Bhakta saw some varsity singles action in 2012 and after some off-season work, returns with more consistency and firepower this year. At this early stage, Foreman and Loomis look to be battling it out for the final varsity spot while Dobbs, Fowler, Parmar, Sinclair, Schaffer, and Sharp will comprise a very solid JV team.
    In looking ahead, Kahmeyer said, “We’ve got some decisions to make before our first meet. There are a lot of possible combinations. We’ve got strong singles players and good doubles pairings, too, so we’ve got to balance what makes a strong overall team with who can go deepest in the post-season and sometimes that’s not the same line-up. It’ll be an interesting year with some experimentation, but I’m looking forward to it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The first competitive JV action will be in Pratt on Tuesday, March 26 and the varsity will host on Thursday, March 28.
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