The Crook County High School girls tennis team had a very successful season a year ago finishing third in the district meet, just missing out on either first or second.
>Girls team returns a strong nucleus but lacks depth, while boys team is inexperienced
"It was so close we could just as easily have been first or second," said Head Coach Lloyd Rodgers. "It was very close. We were within one point. We were very strong last year."
This year's team does not have the same depth, but Rodgers is pleased with how the team looks so far.
"We have three pretty solid singles players and we have two good doubles teams," said Rodgers. "And we may have another doubles team that steps it up. It's just too early to tell. Even though they are young players they are very determined to get better."
Junior Tessa Romine looks to be the team's No. 1 singles player, while freshman Erin Crofcheck is No. 2. While in doubles Krissi Kemper and Katie Leavitt are the No. 1 doubles team and Cassie Low and foreign exchange student Maggie Trinchieri are the No. 2 team.
"We are looking at finishing in the middle of the pack this year," said Rodgers.
Rodgers is doing double duty this season and has also taken over as the boys head coach.
"The boys team is very young this season," said Rodgers. "Maybe not year-wise in school, but they are beginner type players. So our goal is to do as well as we can with certain individuals and to teach those other kids the game so they can get better for next year."
Rodgers expects the No. 1 doubles team of Paul Robideau and freshman Trevor Brown to do well as well as Zac Thompson, Joe Oslinger and foreign exchange student Pierre Blaise.
"We will try to get that doubles team and maybe a singles close and maybe get them seeded at district," said Rodgers. "We are making steady progress. My goal is always to peak at district."