Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bonner Springs girls tennis gives coach “pleasant surprise” with nice start

September 12, 2012

Entering what coach Bill Scott called the Braves’ “toughest tournament of the year” at Baldwin, the Bonner Springs girls tennis team has weathered the loss of the bulk of last season’s experienced athletes.

On Monday, the Braves defeated Sumner Academy 19-3 after starting the season with a 9-9 tie at Bishop Miege that Scott called a pleasant surprise.

Hannah Hunt is the only Brave to return with any varsity experience, though her experience before the season amounted to very little, Scott said.

Also on varsity is Michaela Reed, Cassie Stock, Sammy Weller, Kayla Horn and Rachael Jensen. Scott said he’s keeping his eye on freshman Alexus Tendick, whom he said has begun her high school career with a string of good showing.

“By the end of the year she might crack the varsity,” he said.

Balancing instruction of rising players and giving seniors their best shot at success hasn’t been easy.

“The team is so large and so inexperienced that we are worrying that we are spending way too much time with the lower kids and neglecting the girls at the top of the ladder,” Scott said. “I have a great new assistant coach in B.J. Congleton this year, and he is really helping a lot. We just have to get better and we have so little time left.”

The Braves host Maranatha Christian Academy at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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