TENNIS TEAM AIMS FOR GOOD SEASON

March 17, 2004 11:00 pm
READY TO ROLL: La Grande's Stephanie Keith is one of three   returning varsity   singles players. (Observer file photo).
READY TO ROLL: La Grande's Stephanie Keith is one of three returning varsity singles players. (Observer file photo).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

La Grande coach Mike Schireman feels good about the tennis team.

The girls team brings back a lot of experience unlike the young boys team.

"I feel pretty good about our (girls) singles now," Schireman said.

He was impressed with the girls' doubles in their first matches Tuesday against Pendleton. Three teams won their season-opening matches.

On the boys' side, it will take a couple matches to get comfortable.

"We're young," Schireman said about the boys.

The Tigers next match is March 30 in Milton-Freewater.

Boys

The team is young with Brenden Marshall having a lot of varsity experience.

"Bottom line, we're pretty inexperienced," Schireman said. "We graduated three doubles and singles teams."

Josef Mielke has played a couple varsity matches.

Logan Orton and Ben Pettit played their first doubles match Tuesday against Pendleton. Dustin Ebel and Tyler Dretke are first-year players.

First-year player Manuel Arceo teamed with Keaton Orton in doubles Tuesday against Pendleton.

Jordan Morrison moved up from the junior varsity.

The remaining members are Johnny Bullock, James Selman, Cale Flesher, Daniel Blanchard, Bern Youngblood, Ben Woodruff, Kevin Mollerstrom, Ford Hebard, Ian Gregory and Luke Canavan.

"They need to get match time and experience to play," Schireman said.

Girls

The strength of the team comes from singles with seniors Stephanie Keith, Bethany Herman and Megan Sherer.

"They're pretty solid," Schireman said.

He said the doubles teams were competitive against Pendleton.

On doubles are Teresa Kimnec and Sarah Noyes.

First-year player Kathryn Ely is playing doubles.

"What I've seen so far from her —she is doing extremely well," Schireman said.

He said Tricia Nebeker and Meah Perry have experience playing doubles.

Rounding out the girls' team are Paris Bunkers, Jennifer Hubbard, Lindsay Waldrop, Lisa Sinner, Kayla Arritola, Kim Gleeson, Haruka Miyasato, Verena Richen, Jennifer Smith and Shiori Takeuchi.