Girls, it was a good match today. It's hard to play in the wind, and I thought you adapted very well as the match went on. Should be a beautiful day tomorrow, let's have a good practice! A reminder that if you ever want to check out scores from your season, go to to women's varsity and choose the results tab. I usually have them uploaded sometime before I go to bed. Thanks for working hard and I'll see you tomorrow. -Coach
The Forest Hills match has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 24. Students will be released from class after 5th hour and leave transportation at 2pm and head to Forest Hills Eastern (2200 Pettis Ave NE, Ada 49301). We play FHE then head to Forest Hills Northern (3801 Leonard St. NE, GR 49525) to play them. Super tie-breakers will be played instead of 3rd sets to move matches along. Expect players to be home close to dark.
For our away matches, players and drivers will meet at the WO Transportation Office where they will take vans to the schools.
See you at Grandville on Wednesday! Go WO!
Tomorrow we will practice after school from 3-5pm at the South Courts. Dress in layers so you are good to go whether it is cool or warm. Bring water and get ready to suck in some sunshine (hopefully). I'll see you soon.
Great job today girls. You worked very hard and improved a ton from the first matches to the second. At the beginning of the day a lot of you looked a little nervous, and we knew that would happen. However, by the end, you looked comfortable out there, and your play picked up a lot. Results from the day can be found in the Girls Varsity tabs.
Special congrats to Casey Foster on the big win at 2nd singles, as well as Annika Anderson and Lauren Valentine, taking the medal at 3rd doubles.
I'm going to work very hard to find a way for us to play after school on Monday, either outside or inside. I'll send you a text on Sunday with the plan.
A few people I want to thank:
Julia Foster - Thanks for the birthday cake. Thoughtfulness like that means a lot.
Hannah and friends - Your babysitting skills were on full display. Someday you will understand how much parents really appreciate a 45-minute break:)
Dewitt Desk Staff - You all rock. Thanks for all the extra work you do so this can be a special event for us.
Captains - The gifts you got for the girls today were perfect!
Mr. Burns - Because of you, I did not have to walk home.
Pam - You're the best. I love ya.
Have a great weekend everyone...31 here I come!!!!
Please Check the Girls JV Link above for important information.
Thanks Coach Matt Gahan
If your name is on the list below, I'm expecting you on Monday morning at MVP Athletic Club. Here is your to-do list:
1. Leave a comment below that you will be there.
2. Be at MVP by 5am Monday already dressed in your tennis gear.
3. You will be playing round-robin doubles. If your court finishes early, you may leave early. Everyone will be dismissed @ 7am regardless though so you have time to get to school.
If your name is NOT on the list below, then you did not request to try out for the varsity team, which is no problem. Your Practices will begin at the High School North Courts on March 17 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
The following girls should be at MVP on Monday by 5 am :
For the second year in a row, both the Men's and Women's teams won the Regional Title. Along with a banner being added to the gym wall for both teams, this is a way that the school recognizes the awesome job the players have been doing. Here are the details:
Date: Friday, February 21st
Time: Halftime of the Girls Varsity Game. The game starts at 6pm. Halfway through the second quarter, all players should leave the game and meet outside the athletic office so we can get ourselves together.
What to wear: Girls, you always dress nice, so I'm sure you'll do great. Boys, wear khakis or jeans with a polo, dress shirt, or sweater.
Spread the word, invite relatives and friends, and I'll see you there!
The Sentinel announced the All Area tennis team today.
The following were selected All-Area First Team:
Nick Schnobel (Junior at 1st Singles)
Joe Miller (Junior at 3rd Singles)
Mark VanderStoep (Junior at 4th Singles)
Hugh Davis (Junior at 3rd Doubles)
Kyle Maas (Sophomore at 3rd Doubles)
The following were selected All-Area Second Team:
Nick Valentine (Senior at 2nd Singles)
Andy Radke (Senior at 1st Doubles)
Nick Govert (Junior at 1st Doubles)
And Finally, the 2013 Holland Sentinel Tennis Player of the Year: Nick Schnobel
Which Players Get Chosen:
1. The player they feel had the best year at a flight gets 1st team.
2. The player they feel had the 2nd best year at a flight gets 2nd team.
3. If there are additional 1 singles player that they feel are deserving, they are also named
4. The player/flight they feel is most deserving is named Holland Sentinel Player of the Year.
How They Rank The Players At Each Flight: Understand the importance of the Holland Christian match each year for this award. Ourselves and HC are traditionally the two strongest teams in the area. If you want to be first team, beating them is the best way to do it. When Dan D'Adonna sends me the All Area email each year, this is what he wants to know, in order of importance:
#1 What were your results against local teams (HC, Holl, ZW, ZE, Ham)?
#2 What place did the flight take at Conference, Regionals, and States?
#3 What other quality wins does your player have?
#4 What is the player's record? (This is least important, because the Sentinel understands
that different schools have easier or harder schedules, which affects overall record)
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE BOYS SELECTED!!!
The Turkey tournament is the largest tournament in West Michigan each year, with over 300 players competing in many divisions. The toughest division is the Mens Open Singles. Kyle Mastellar, a West Ottawa graduate in 2008, was the runner up in that division last weekend. Virtually every player in that draw is a college player, former college player, or a teaching pro at one of the clubs. Kyle was a great player at West Ottawa, and he continued to improve tremendously in his years at Aquinas.
John Wooden, my favorite coach, said that you never really know how successful a team is until many years after they leave, when you find out what kind of people all of the players became. If you know Kyle, you know that he is on his way to success. He has recently graduated from Aquinas, has a bright future ahead of him, and he's just a very good person. Congratulations Kyle and thanks for being awesome.