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The Trimble County High School boys and girls tennis teams plan to stop at nothing to bring home success in the 2009 season.
Along with losing two players to last year’s graduation, the teams have started this season with some unaccustomed indoor practice. The previously used courts, located at the Trimble County Park, were dismantled two months ago, yet construction of new courts at the park has not been completed.
Despite the changes, however, coaches of the Raiders clubs have high hopes for a winning season.
On the boy’s side of the net, the loss of last year’s first year senior Austin Smith is compensated by the return of experienced juniors Cody Webster, Corey Shuck, Zach Adams, Dustin “Cookie” Cook and Jeff Warren. Also hitting the court this year are middle school players Reese True, Dylan Stephen, Nick Kleinhenz and Greg Crouch.
“We’re going to make some noise and be a tougher team than last year’s,” Coach Heckler said recently. “We look forward to winning a few more games, too. We could be a big underdog in the boys 8th region and surprise some people. I like being the underdog; you can have a mind set on having nothing to lose but all to gain.”
Cody Webster, a top returnee for the boys club, is expected to be Heckler’s main man in the singles match ups.
“He has put a lot of time in over the summer wanting to be better. Even through the football season, he would go up to the park with some friends to play a little tennis here and there, so I know he is a better player in many ways this year. He enjoys playing, so that makes the game easier to play,” Heckler said.
On the girl’s side of the net for the Lady Raiders, fifth year coach Vanita Fogle will still have a core group of young girls to work with, said the potential is there for her ladies to improve.
“There is more experience this year than last. Last season was a little rough but now with more experience these players and I know what to expect. I have been taking coaching classes and now I can take what I have learned and teach it to the players,” Fogle said. “We will also be working on our emotions a lot on and off the court, because playing tennis you have to be strong mentally more than physically.”
The Lady Raider tennis team will return four sophomores, Kasi Fogle, Karly Reynolds, Teresa Miller and Kayla Windham, and add middle school players Elisabeth Moore and Alex Longhorn. The team heads to the court this season minus only one 2008 senior, Mallory Fogle.
For the girls, Kasi Fogle, is expected to step up her game as the top singles Lady Raider throughout most of the season. The sister of graduate Mallory, Fogle has been with the team since she first picked up a racket while in the sixth grade.
“As a team I believe that it’s going to be really hard for the new people coming in because we don’t have tennis courts now and it’s hard to do everything you want to in a gym that you would normally do on the tennis courts.” Fogle said last week. “Individually, I’m used to playing in a gym. I take lessons, so every year I come in better than what I did the year before.”