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.
Parents / Players,
The registration deadline for the Turkey Tournament is November 21 at midnight. This is an enormous tournament for both juniors and adults. I'll likely be playing in the Men's Doubles, along with about 300 people who will likely enter the event. It is the biggest tournament in West Michigan each year. Go to the USTA link on the website to get more details on the event. I hope to see many of you there.
Congratulations Nick. You make many sacrifices with your time to get where you are. As I'm writing this, you are likely on a tennis court somewhere getting even better. Keep it up, and thank you. -Coach
First of all, great job to all the players at the Regional. With our 1st place finish, West Ottawa Tennis has now won the Regional Championship nine of the last ten years. A banner will be going up soon in the Gym, and you are the reason why. Thanks for all the hard work you put in this year. All of you involved know that these things don't just happen. It was the result of a lot of hard work, and often times even frustration. But it's the difficult things in life that are the coolest, and what you did this year was awesome.
Ok, now it's time to have fun and enjoy this week. Our two remaining things on the schedule are the State Finals Week, followed by the Tennis Banquet. Here's the banquet information, followed by our schedule for the upcoming week:
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: LGI Room at HS North (this is a change, so spread the word)
What to bring: Players, bring your uniform...no exceptions...bring it all:)
Food to bring for Banquet:
Varsity players will bring appetizers to share
JV players please bring a dessert & juice or a 2 liter to share
This Week's Varsity Tennis Schedule:
Monday - 3:00-5:00 PM - Wooden Tennis Racket Tournament. This will be lead by the captains. The Monday after Regionals I have a meeting to discuss All-Conference medals with the OK-Red coaches. I will leave 15 Wooden Rackets with the captains. It is my expectation that you bring your A-game, because this is your chance to see what tennis felt like in the 1970's!!!
Tuesday - 3:00-5:30PM - Scrimmage with Holland Christian at Home. Over the past week our Doubles players have suddenly gotten a TON better. I'm curious to see how you do against HC this time around. They will be at our place at about 3:30, and we will play them for a couple hours, then head home.
Wednesday - Last Practice of the year at the WO courts...let's make it a good one.
Thursday - Depart for the State Finals
10:00am - Players dismissed from class.
10:15am - Meet at Athletic Office.
10:30am - Players depart for Midland (Parents often come to the athletic office to take pictures, and that is absolutely fine).
2:30pm - Arrive in Midland and practice at the Midland Community Tennis Center.
4:00pm - Check into Spring Hill Suites.
6:30pm - Dinner/hang out at the Mall.
9:00pm - Team Meeting to get pumped up for State Finals
9:30pm - Go to your rooms and don't do anything stupid.
Friday/Saturday - MHSAA State Finals
6:00am - Breakfast
7:00am - Warmup
8:00am - Play begins
We will play until the either every player has won a State Title or until they have been eliminated. If every player is eliminated before the semi-finals, then we head home that night. However, if any person reaches the Semis, we will spend Friday night in the hotel, and come home Saturday after the conclusion of the tournament. So, either we get home very, very late on Friday night, or Saturday afternoon. (Note: regardless of whether or not we make it to the 2nd day, Will Davis will be spending the night with a couple players to watch the whole tournament. If you are interested in this contact Will Davis).
The Monday after the State Finals - What are you waiting for...get your off-season training going!!! Players will be graduating and new spots will be opening up. See how many players on the roster you can jump throughout the off-season. See how high you can get your USTA ranking. Be the Most Improved Player on the team over the next year. Make some new goals, create a plan, and let the fun begin all over again:) Let's get to work West Ottawa!
Arrive at Great American Bagel: 6:15
Depart from Great American Bagel: 6:45
Arrive at GH: 7:15
Scheduled Warmup: 7:30-7:45
Play Begins 8:15
Sites for each flight:
1, 2, and 3 Singles and 1 and 2 Doubles play at Grand Haven High School
4 Singles and 3 and 4 Doubles play at White Pines Middle School
Finals will all be played at Grand Haven High School
Drivers: Randy Bethke and Coach Schwallier
Snacks: If possible, divide them so they can be distributed to both sites.
Players: Be ready to rock
Parents: Be ready to rock
Coaches: Be ready to rock
OK-Red Tournament - Boys, thank you for a very good day. Joe and Mark, your goal was to win your flight, and you made that happen, so congratulations. Also, several players were able to beat people whom they previously lost to:
Nick Schnobel, well done on a solid win with Mark. Nick Valentine, your match against DJ was excellent, and you pushed Zach in a way that you have not previously. And 4th doubles, your win against Rockford at the end of the day was easily your most impressive of the season. For those who are not aware, they lost the first set 7-5, then won 6-0, 6-1.
Congratulations to Grandville on their great season. The reality is that they showed through both the duel season and the tournament that they deserve the title this year. That being said, we were right there with them. We tied them in the duel, and were 3 points short at the Tournament. Very little separates us, and it will set up for a battle at Regionals. Below are the complete results of the OK-Red this Fall:
OK-Red Tournament Standings:
1. Grandville (38 points)
2. West Ottawa (35 points)
3. Rockford (31 points)
4. Grand Haven (28 points)
5. Hudsonville (26 points)
6. East Kentwood (10 points)
OK-Red Duel Standings:
1. Grandville (4-0-1)
2. Rockford (4-1)
3. West Ottawa (3-1-1)
4. Grand Haven (2-3)
5. Hudsonville (1-4)
6. East Kentwood (0-5)
Schedule For Next Week:Monday: Practice (In the evening I'll go to the seed meeting where we will make the draw for the Regional. I'll be able to show the draw to players on Tuesday.Tuesday: Scrimmage at home against St. Joseph - They are a long ways a way, so it may start closer to 4:30 - Players will meet in my room after school to discuss the Regional Draw - Players will be permitted to leave once their match is done so they have a little more time for school work and rest.
Wednesday: Practice, followed by Pasta Party in my classroom.Thursday: Regionals at Grand Haven. Players will miss school for the day. CLICK HERE for an overview of what the Regional is about if this is new for you. Friday: Day off to rest and recover before the State Finals.
Parents / Players,
The following is the information for the OK-Red Tournament:
6:00am Arrive at Great American Bagel
7:30am Arrive at Rockford
7:45am Coaches meeting
8:00am Players meeting
8:15am Play begins
Sites: Rockford High School and North Rockford Middle School
- All the 1's and 2's will play their first rounds at Rockford.
- All of the 3's and 4's will play their first rounds at North Rockford Middle School.
- All final rounds that are playing for 1st-4th place will be at the high school.
- All final rounds that are playing for 5th-6th place will be at NRMS.
Snack and Driver information: Check Parent Central on the far right tab.
In case of Rain: We will likely go to Rockford regardless of whether it's wet or dry, so players should plan on heading out there regardless. If it rains out, we typically don't play indoors for this event. Instead, we generally play the tournament on the following Monday, and the players are excused from school. This has happened once since I began coaching, and it was last year. Players should talk to their teachers on Friday and see if there's anything extra they can grab to work on in the event that this happens (I will bring this up with them at practice today).
Ok, that's what I have so far. If more information becomes available to me I'll pass it along. See you soon!
Here's the details for tomorrow's tournament:
Location: West Ottawa (we will play our matches at the South
Participating Schools: Grand Rapids Christian, West Catholic, Hackett Catholic Central
Important times:8:00 AM - All players have arrived and are ready to help me set things up.
9:00 AM - Play begins
Format: It is a tournament, but will be played like a triple duel, where we will play one school at a time. Each match is worth a point, and the team who accumulates the most points wins. There will be medals for 1st and 2nd place at each flight.
After Party: Here are the details from Ed Maas:
We would like to invite all WO tennis families to a swim party at our house this Saturday, Sep 7, following the WO quad invite, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at 1904 Goldeneye Dr. This is in Tiffany Shores between Lakewood and James, and between 160-168th. Bring your family!
The pool is still open, and is warm and inviting!! Or kids could shoot hoops or try out the zip line! We will have pizza and leomade, feel free to bring a side to share if you'd like, but we really just want your company!
Hope to see you all this Saturday at 6 pm, and we can hopefully celebrate some great tennis that the boys will have playedon Saturday!!