PREP TENNIS: At a glance
GGF TENNIS AT A GLANCE GF Central boys Coach: Max Weisser. 2012 record: The Knights were 6-7, qualifying for state as the No. 4 seed from the East Region. Central didn't place at state. Key graduation losses: Brenden Sailer. Returning regulars: J...
GGF TENNIS AT A GLANCE
GF Central boys
Coach: Max Weisser.
2012 record: The Knights were 6-7, qualifying for state as the No. 4 seed from the East Region. Central didn't place at state.
Key graduation losses: Brenden Sailer.
Returning regulars: Jr. Kyle Folson (sixth at state doubles), jr. Dallas Chambers, jr. Andrew Thompson, soph. Andy Manske, soph. Ethan Comeau, soph. Christian Wedin.
Potential new impact players: Jr. Matthew Picklo, fr. Noah Cieklinski.
Coach Weisser says: "We're one year older, one year better. The bulk of this group has been playing since they were seventh-graders. That experience helps us immensely. And our top eight all worked out twice a week over the winter and played almost every day during the summer. Folson, Thompson or Chambers will be in our No. 1 spot. But with this team, our top eight will be as strong (depth-wise) as almost anybody in the conference."
Noteworthy: Folson teamed with Sailer to finish sixth at the state doubles tournament. It was the second straight season Folson was a state placer in doubles. . . . Sailer was the lone senior on the roster and there were no juniors in last season's regular Central lineup.
GF Red River boys
Coach: Greg LaDouceur.
2012 record: The Roughriders were 14-0 in duals and state champions, beating Minot 4-1 in the state dual final.
Key graduation losses: None.
Returning regulars: Sr. Joey Anderson (state singles champion), jr. Greg Wischer (state singles runner-up), sr. Andre Caoili (state doubles champion), fr. Jake Kuhlman (state doubles champion), soph. Andrew Godon (state singles qualifier), jr. Mitchell Kuhlman (state doubles qualifier), fr. Daniel Pierce (state doubles qualifier), soph. Ryan Kenyon.
Potential new impact players: Sr. Josh Pierce, soph. Andrew Hu, jr. Grant Ramage.
Coach LaDouceur says: "I think we're just as solid as last year. These kids have gotten bigger and stronger and they've improved their games. I think they're quicker and hitting the ball better. These kids put in a lot of time working on their game in the offseason. That's what puts them ahead of the game. Joey won state singles last year, but there's competition for the No. 1 spot. Greg was second at state. Those two, Andre and Jake are competing for that spot."
Noteworthy: Red River enters the season with a string of 15 consecutive state dual tournament titles and 176 consecutive dual wins. . . . Anderson and Wischer teamed to win state doubles titles in 2010-11, then Anderson beat Wischer in the state singles championship last fall.
EGF Senior High girls
Coach: Terry Paukert.
2012 record: 5-10, lost in the Minnesota Section 8A quarterfinals.
Key graduation losses: Jessamy Jones, Kelli Radi, Erika Pritchett, Katie Berggren.
Returning regulars: Sr. Ashley Normandin, sr. Kaity Randall, soph. Chessa Jones, soph. Emily Strezishar, fr. Emma Dietrich, 8th-grader Cynthia Loven.
Potential new impact players: Sr. Rikki Mays-Leake, jr. Erin Rudstrom, jr. Kayla Cremers, 7th-grader Jenna Dietrich.
Coach Paukert says: "We're a young team. Chessa will be at No. 1 singles; Emma and Cynthia will be two or three. Those are a sophomore, freshman and eighth-grader, in some order, at our top three spots, and we have a lot of novice players. The future looks bright with this young core group. And we had several girls putting more time into their game over the summer than we have in the past."
Noteworthy: Jessamy Jones was 33-1 last season, won her third straight Section 8A singles championship, was a three-time state singles placer and finished her career with more than 100 wins. "She's a player you can't replace," Paukert said of the MSU-Moorhead bound player. "She holds probably every tennis record at Senior High."
-- Compiled by Greg DeVillers