GGF tennis at a glance
Red River boys Coach: Greg LaDouceur. 2007 finish: 13-0, state champions. Key returners: Jr. Jake LaDouceur (state doubles champion); sr. Tyler Davis (state doubles champion); fr. Joe Lee; jr. Phil Yunker (state doubles runner-up); sr. Dhilhan Ma...
Red River boys
Coach: Greg LaDouceur.
2007 finish: 13-0, state champions.
Key returners: Jr. Jake LaDouceur (state doubles champion); sr. Tyler Davis (state doubles champion); fr. Joe Lee; jr. Phil Yunker (state doubles runner-up); sr. Dhilhan Marasinghe (fifth place at East Region singles); fr. Erik Johnson; fr. Ryan Hoverson; sr. Tanner Bommersbach; sr. Evan Johnson; sr. Connor Johnson.
Top newcomers: Seventh-grader Andre Caoili; seventh-grader Joey Anderson.
Coach LaDouceur says: "These guys have lots of playing experience. They play all summer long and they play against kids from other states. One thing I stress to them when they get here is that's summer and this is high school. The meets mean a little bit more now than they do in summer. We lost three seniors in Chad Smith, Michael Kraft and Ayman Ahmed. Those are three big people to cover for. It looks like the top of our lineup will be youth instead of senior leadership. That's not necessarily a bad thing. These young guys have lots of playing experience."
Coach: Duddy Weisser.
2007 finish: 3-9, state tournament qualifier.
Key returners: Jr. Matt Fuka (third place at East Region singles); fr. Nick Moe (third place at state doubles); jr. Lucas Olson; jr. Justin Moody; eighth-grader Kevin Zeng.
Top newcomers: Jr. Caleb Folson;soph. John Simonson; soph. Paul LaDue.
Coach Weisser: "It was a big loss, losing Alex Moe. He was pretty much a guaranteed win at No. 2 singles for us last year. But as a team, everybody improved over the summer and I think we're probably deeper than we've been in the past. Last year, we went 1-6 (in the regular season) and lost three 5-4 matches. I'm guessing it's going to be a lot like that this year -- a lot of close matches. Red River and South are the big favorites, but after that, it's close."
Senior High girls
Coach: Jim Wyatt.
2007 finish: 4-5, lost to Thief River Falls in the semifinals of the North Subsection 8A tournament.
Key returners: Jr. McKenna Jones (4-13); jr. Bailey Mankie (11-6); jr. Andrea Dickman (4-13); eighth-grader Jessamy Jones (16-4); sr. Alyvia Holkesvig (3-11); sr. Chelsea Routier (5-9); jr. Paige Jensen (8-5); fr. Bethany Driscoll; fr. Lilly Mankie.
Top newcomers: Sr. Baillee Lovell; jr. Amanda Rudstrum.
Coach Wyatt says: "I think we should be in the mix. We've already had a few chances to look at the competition and from what we've seen so far, Roesau would be the favorite. They've done a pretty good job when we've seen them. We have some catching up to do there. By the end of the year, though, (Senior High), Roseau, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids and Crookston will be in the mix. We've had some good contributions all the way around. The doubles team of Alivia Holkesvig and McKenna Jones has played well and is improving. The No. 1 doubles will be key for us this year against all those teams in the area. And Jessamy just had a real good tournament (in Bemidji) taking the championship at first singles against fierce competition."