A lot of players but not much varsity experience – that's the situation facing Vermillion High School boys tennis coach Dan Hanson as another season approaches.
The Tanagers will open their 2010 season in a quadrangular meet at Yankton on Saturday, April 3, if the spring weather permits. Then they go to Luverne, MN, for a dual on April 6 and to Brandon Valley for another on April 13 before playing at home for the first time in a dual with Mitchell on April 16.
Senior Jordan Robinson, junior Wes McBride and sophomore Dylan Scheidel are the three men who played varsity tennis in the past. "We will be looking for big things from these guys," Hanson said.
"We have a good number of kids out this year, and everyone is working very hard," Hanson added. "The upperclassmen are looking good, and the 11 middle school players we have out are playing well. It will be neat to see how much they improve over the year."
In addition to Robinson, McBride and Scheidel, the other players with whom Hanson is working are juniors Tyler Osborne, Ethan Druin and Camden Raizola, sophomore Mark Helenurm and freshman David Day from the high school ranks.
Swelling the ranks are seventh-grade players Ryan Styles and Isaac Rosdail and eighth graders Nathan Svendsen, nathan Samudzi, Nate Steinmeyer, Adam Ahmed, Conner Kielman, Joe Swanson, Kevin Helenurm, Jaysen Dugan and James May.