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Fostoria Tennis

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Aaron Sheets, seventh season.

2013: 5-11.

Returning letterwinners: Senior Colin Bernal-Danner. Juniors Isaiah Brough; Dylan Stone. Sophomore Sabian Arana.

Others: Juniors Bishop Mahan; Juan Mendez. Sophomores Jordan Marshal; Noah Kitchen; Zach Theis; Tyree Ticey. Freshman Jeremiah Brough.

Outlook: Graduation claimed five players and the Redmen bring back just four veterans and only one senior, forcing Sheets to build up a competitive team again.

A positive in all that is this year's efforts will help lay the foundation for next spring.

"We've only got one senior, so that's good for the future. Most of these guys are basketball players, most of them are first-year players who've never even hit the ball before. It should be interesting," he said.

"It's the same thing every year, though," Sheet said.

Bernal-Danner, who has the most experience, looks to be the pick for No. 1 singles, with Isaigh Brough possibly contesting him for that spot. Sheets said the first two could also team up at No. 1 doubles, with Stone also fighting for one of those slots.

The rest of the spots could be filled on a rotating basis.

A big challenge, though, comes in teaching the sport. Sheets said most of the players are new, and although they are picking it up, it's still a work in progress.

"We've got some competitive kids here. I always try to recruit kids who are competitive and care about winning and losing," he said. "I don't want kids coming out here who are just 'I'm just out here to play, just to waste some time.'

"I want kids out here who show up on time, be here for everything and just be willing to learn and have fun; to keep competing," he said. "You can get better and better every day, learn something new every day."



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