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Greater Grand Forks tennis preview

Red River's Kaden Johnson is defending state doubles champion. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

GF Central boys

Coach: Max Weisser.

2017: 12-3, finishing second in both the East Region and state tournaments.

Key graduation losses: None.

Returning regulars: Sr. James Votava (24-13, fifth in doubles at region and state tournaments), jr. Gary Wu (30-6, fifth in doubles at region and state tournaments), fr. Logan Sandberg (29-6, third at region and fourth at state singles tournaments), jr. Kyle Stauss (22-12, seventh at region singles tournament), fr. Cole Spicer (24-9, sixth at region doubles tournament), soph. Braden Panzer (21-8, sixth at region doubles tournament), sr. Hunter Bjorge (12-7), sr. Aaron Nielsen (8-1), soph. Chase Spicer (8-3).

Potential new impact players: None.

Knights coach Weisser says: "We should be solid. A lot of kids put in a lot of time into their game over the summer. We should be strong at the top of the lineup and have good depth. The last few years, we've had that good depth. Now, at the 1-2-3 positions, I think we should be as strong as anybody with Votava, Wu and Sandberg. What order they'll be playing, I'm not sure.''

Red River boys

Coach: Greg LaDouceur.

2017: 14-1, East Region champion, third at state tournament.

Key graduation losses: Gavin Loscheider, Stefan Curic, Adam Durrani, Mason Salquist.

Returning regulars: Jr. Kaden Johnson (21-5, region and state doubles champion), sr. Jack Lindgren (25-11, third at region and state doubles tournaments), sr. Simon Murphy (15-3), sr. Sam Rath (14-7), soph. Koby Kuenzel (13-7, eighth at region singles tournament), sr. Nick Stokke (6-1).

Potential new impact players: Soph. Sam Murphy (5-0), soph. Jhett Weiss (3-2), 8th-grader Saylor Kuenzel (4-0), sr. Benji Hu.

Roughriders coach LaDouceur says: "We have a lot of guys with similar skills. I don't know if we have one dominant player. Kaden was our No. 1 last year. But a couple of guys, Jack and Simon, are pushing him hard in practices. I think we'll have quality depth.''

EGF Senior High girls

Coach: Kyle Hanson.

2017: 4-15, eliminated in quarterfinals of Section 8A tournament.

Key graduation losses: Bailey McMahon, Kayla Partlow.

Returning regulars: Sr. Jenna Dietrich (18-20, third in Section 8A doubles tournament), sr. McKenna Aitchison (10-25), jr. Delaney Aaker (12-23), fr. Brynn Havis (9-25), fr. Katelyn Farder (10-11), fr. Maggie Dietrich (24-14, third in Section 8A doubles tournament), 8th-grader Kate Johnson (5-13).

Potential new impact players: Fr. Leah Hangsleben, fr. Kendal Rand.

Green Wave coach Hanson says: "I think we'll be better than last year, even though we'll be very young. Almost all the girls played varsity last year and had at least some success. Most of them did some hitting over the summer and have improved. We have good depth. I think we have a chance to be a top-three team in the section.''

-- Compiled by Greg DeVillers