Lakers and Indians ready to return to the courts

CAMDENTON LAKERS

From Head Coach Kirk Richey:

Class/District: Class 2, District 10

2017 Record or Finish:

7-13 overall, 3rd place in Camdenton/Lebanon Team Tournament and 6th place in the Ozark Conference

Moved or Graduated Athletes: 8 of our top 10 graduated.

Grant Burton (Varsity Tennis at Truman State University), Luke Haas, Sid Ketcham, Nate Garton, Trey Young, Josiah Scheidemantle, Chris Biggie and Alec Grogan

Top Returners and any Accolades:

Number two singles player Drew VanHook

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: Losing the type of leadership we did is no doubt difficult, but trying to replace four-year No. 1 singles player, 2017 Ozark Conference Singles Champion and 2017 Class 2 District 10 Singles Champion Grant Burton makes that task even more of a challenge. Our only returning varsity letter winner from the 2017 team Drew VanHook will be asked to step into a leadership role at the top of the singles lineup this season. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how our returning players step into their new roles in the varsity line-up.

Returning junior varsity players from last season Clayton Kempf, Noah Morgan, Keaton Meyer, Cole Bernhard, Aaron Rassel and Rocky Jennings will have an opportunity to step into a varsity spot in the lineup and compete in both singles and doubles play.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our players are very positive and have been working extremely well as a team to improve both their individual skill level as well as knowledge of the game.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Minimizing unforced errors, being consistent from the baseline from both the forehand and backhand side and improving our doubles play.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say are the keys to success for this year?

A: Our main focus and goal this season is to improve on a daily basis and be playing our best tennis when district play begins.

OSAGE INDIANS

From Head Coach Matthew Fuglsang:

Class/District: Class 1, District 8

2017 Record or Finish:

6-9 overall, lost to Helias Catholic in the district semifinals and Roman Trowbridge qualified for sectionals in singles play

Moved or Graduated Athletes: Roman Trowbridge

Top Returners and any Accolades:

Osage has three returning varsity starters from last year’s team in Grant Naudet, Mitchell Turner and Logan Havner. Other returners include Tony Floyd, Steven Crosby and Colin Smithson.

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: I have a good number of freshmen coming in this year and numbers are up.