Thanks to everyone who participated in the Turkey Tournament this weekend. With ten people from West Ottawa involved, we competed with all the top area teams in participation. Congrats to Rilie Du Shane for beating a seeded player in the girls 18's. Also, congrats to Nick Schnobel for winning the boys 14 backdraw. We had people playing a USTA tournament for the very first time, and it's great to see new people getting involved. I played Mixed Doubles with Lynn Bender and advanced to the Semi's, before finally losing to a better team than me. Thanks to all the parents/players who were out there cheering me on; I appreciated it! If you want to see complete results of the tournament, clicking the following link will help you get started: Turkey Tournament.
Thanks to all who competed in the Ramblewood Challenger this weekend. Congrats to Mark VanderStoep for winning the backdraw of the Boy's 14's. Also, congrats to Brandon Ballard, who beat a school's #1 singles player in his first round. Good luck to everyone playing in the Turkey Tournament this weekend. I'll be playing in the Mixed Open Doubles division, so cheer me on if you see me there!
There were 17 West Ottawa Tennis players in the gym lifting on Monday, November 14. Fourteen of them were with our group, three others lifted with other sports. These are our best numbers yet. We weighed in on Monday, and 8 individuals gained a pound in the first week! We will lift Wednesday and Friday as well. All WO tennis players are welcome to come on out and join us!
Thanks to all the players who spent the weekend playing at the MAC Challenger. There were 6 West Ottawa players entered, and they did a great job. Congrats to Lucas Driesenga, who won the back draw of the Boys 16's. He won 4 consecutive matches to accomplish this, beating the #4 seed along the way. Congrats also to Nick Schnobel for advancing to the Semi-Finals of the Boys 14's. There were over 20 kids in his draw, so making the final four is quite an accomplishment. Nick beat the #2 seed, the #7 seed, and took the eventual champion to a third set breaker.
A reminder to everyone that week two of lifting begins tomorrow (Monday, November 14) after school from 3-4 PM. Tomorrow will be our 2nd weigh-in day. Remember what you weighed in at last week. Hopefully we have all reached our goals for the week. Keep eating to meet your goals!
Thanks for everyone who came out today (Wednesday, November 9). There were a Dozen of us lifting together. Our next lift will be Friday, the 11th, after school. As usual, we will lift from 3-4pm. Remember to keep eating healthy foods and to eat an appropriate amount of food to meet your goals.
Today was day one of tennis off-season lifting. Here's an overview of what happened:
1. There were 8 of us there.
2. We Squatted, Benched, Overhead-Pressed, and did Bent-Rows.
3. We all weighed in and made a plan to gain our first pound of muscle! (I am currently 176.7 pounds. By next Monday, my goal is to be 177.7!!!)
Note: Jon Hoffman and Mark VanderStoep had tennis at Dewitt at 4pm, so they left at 3:35PM. (They are proof that you can get a full workout in by 3:35 and still make drills if you are smart about it.)
Our next lift will be this Wednesday, November 9, from 3-4 PM.
I'll see you there. All tennis players who don't have obligations after school
(How to earn extra browning points from Coach: Text him and tell him how many more calories than normal a person must eat per day to gain a pound over a week's time.)