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PHS Tennis Spring Preview

PHS YELLOWJACKET BOYS TENNIS Front Row (l-r): Joe Berns (cptn), Madison Paridon, Randy Swanson, Mike Izzararaz, James Hersch, Chad Hoffland, Brendan Lauer, Jordan Cresap. Back Row: Coach Kyle Knutson, Scott Eickshen, Luke Hoffland, Trevor Meece, Joe Ulrich, Mike Buer, Dylan Ashcraft (cptn), Tim Seyfart, Megan Shipman (Manager). Not Pictured: Tyler Johnson.

Head Coach:

Kyle Knutson 3rd Season (2-21 overall)

Assistant Coach: Kevin Kosiak

(JV/Jr High)

2008 Season: Perham was 2-8 in dual meets last year, picking up wins over Wadena-Deer Creek and Staples-Motley. The Jackets finished 4th at the Mid-State Conference Meet. S-M won the conference title, followed by Park Rapids in second, Detroit Lakes in third, Perham, then W-DC in fifth.

2008 Sections: Perham was the No. 6 seed in the Section 8A Tournament. They lost to No. 3 East Grand Forks in the first round, 7-0. No. 2 seeded Thief River Falls repeated at 8A champs. They finished in 4th place at State. St. Paul Academy & Summit School won the Class A State title.

2009 Seniors:

Joe Berns (Captain), Luke Hofland, Tyler Johnson, Joe Ulrich

Get to Know'em: Dylan Ashcraft (Captain/Returning Starter), Mike Buer (Returning Starter), Scott Eickshen (Returning starter)

Strengths: This young group of netters has a positive attitude and enthusiasm to turn the PHS tennis program around. This mentality is resulting in more success each season.

Season Outlook: Perham hopes to finish in the top half of the Mid-State Conference and be competitive in the section tournament.

Coaches Quote:

"Each year these kids get better and better. Last summer, we had more kids playing than in seasons past. They understand what it takes to get better. Last season we recorded our first wins in a long time for this program and it is hopefully only the beginning. Our players are enthusiastic about improving the program and themselves. I am so proud of them and look forward to see what they can do this year."

Kyle Knutson