Tom Mix and Chris Murphy, Published April 10 2014
Metro high school tennis preview capsulesFargo Davies girls
Coach: Brad Miller (4th year)
Last year’s finish: 5-9, 3-5 EDC (qualified for state dual tournament)
Who’s gone: None
Key returners: Laura McGuigan, Jr.; Heidi Wanzek, Soph.; Brynn Poppe, Jr.; Emily McGregor, Soph.; Jenna Forknell, Fr.; Paige Stevens, Jr.; Abby Olson, Soph.; Maria Wanzek, eighth grade; Lilli Haggard, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “Obviously having our entire competitive squad back is encouraging. I have to credit the girls with their commitment to working on their games in the offseason. … There have been significant improvements by several girls on the team so our lineup is still a bit of mystery at this point. … We are looking to another fun season.”
Fargo South girls
Coach: Jason Thiner (13th year)
Last year’s finish: 3-10, 2-6 EDC
Who’s gone: Karen Moe (2013 state singles runner up, 2012 state singles champion); Krissy Olafson
Key returners: Anna Lawley, Jr.; Isabel Thiner, Fr.; Jessica McNutt, Sr; Erica Laughlin, Jr., Michelle Bruer, Jr.
Coach’s comments: “Anna Lawley will fill the number one singles slot very nicely for us this spring. That spot has been held by Karen Moe the last four seasons. Anna finished fifth at the state tournament in singles last year. … (Jessica) McNutt and (Isabel) Thiner are playing their third year of varsity tennis while (Erica) Laughlin and (Michelle) Bruer are in their second year. I’m hoping another year of experience will help the girls find success on the court.”
Fargo North girls
Coach: Steve Saville (2nd year)
Last year’s finish: 6-7, 5-3 EDC
Who’s gone: Carly Deal, Jess Long, Grace Darrah
Key returners: Mary Wessman, Jr.; Lydia Jacobson, Jr.; Alexis Elfstrum, Sr.; Shelby Thorvilson, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “We lost some key seniors last year, but we have a good combination of experienced players and young athletes ready to contribute. The group should be right in the mix for a state tournament berth.”
Fargo Shanley-Fargo Oak Grove girls
Coach: Laura Thompson (4th year)
Last year’s finish: 4-7, 3-5 EDC
Who’s gone: Sarah Fletcher, Kennedy Stromme.
Key returners: Olivia Keelin, Soph.; Therese Carson, Sr.; Josie Perhus, Sr.; Lexi Madlom, Jr.; Taryn Nellermoe, Fr.; Karsen Aune, eighth grade
Coach’s comments: “We have a lot of depth even though we are a young team. I see a lot of potential with this group, and we are excited to compete this year.”
West Fargo girls
Coach: Chad Anderson (14th year)
Last year’s finish: 15-4, 7-1 EDC (East Region and State runner up)
Who’s gone: Brooke Christensen, Mariah Stein, Karyn Binde
Key returners: Sammie Smith, Sr.; Kaylee Stock, Sr.; Katie Baasch, Sr.; Jamie Freden, Sr.; Amber Wolff, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “With five seniors leading the way, we should have lots of senior leadership this year. Most of the girls have been around the program for the past six years, and they know what to expect. The team has been working hard in the offseason. Last year, we finished second as a team at the state tournament and hope to be in the same position (playing for a state championship) again this year.”
Coach: Tim Costello (14th season)
Last season: 3-8 in duals and lost in second round of sub-section tournament
Who’s gone: Tyler Wolf
Key returners: Gabe Steinwand, Sr.; Kurt Meyer, Sr.; Wes Meyer, Sr.; Ethan Glidden, Sr.; Sam Schroeder, Sr.; Joe Cella, Sr.; Billy Pederson, Sr.; Issac Dang, Jr.; Eyan Anderson, So.; Taylor Laidlaw, Jr.; Brenden O’Meara, Jr.
Coach’s comments: “We seem poised to compete more effectively throughout the roster this season. We have the most experience in our singles lineup. The team goals are to clearly improve on season record and prep to make a sustained run in the postseason. Individually, we have the potential to send participants to the Class 2A, Section 8 finals and beyond. On a personal note, this group of seniors has been the mainstay of the program for the last 4-5 seasons. They have been asked since they were middle schoolers to play varsity tennis. They have the opportunity, in this their last year playing for the Spuds, to do pretty terrific things. I am looking forward to the season playing out.”