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TELL CITY—Tell City’s girls tennis team returns three full-time starters and a part-time starter from last year’s 5-9 squad.
Junior Bethany Peter is a third-year starter and moves up from No. 2 to No. 1 singles, replacing Kathi Kassen, who was an All-PAC foreign exchange student last year.
“I think Bethany has taken some lessons” since last season, said Tell City Coach Nick Weyer. And “some of the others have been picking up rackets more” than they did the previous off-season. “It shows somewhat.”
Senior Jenelle Clausen will play No. 2 singles.
No. 3 “is a tossup between sophomores Alexis Braun and Brooke Birchler and freshman Robyn Scarpa, said Weyer.
Kari Gladish and Trish Solbrig are returning starters in doubles and will team at the No. 1 spot there.
Two No. 3 singles candidates who don’t earn that spot and Kayla Bailey will compete for the No. 2 doubles spots.
One player will not have the IHSAA-required 10 practices in before Saturday’s season opener with Gibson Southern, so the other seven girls on the team will all start that match.
As for the PAC outlook, Weyer said, “It’s going to be very competitive. I don’t know where we’ll fall. I would guess somewhere near the middle.
“Southridge is always tough and I think they’ve got their No. 1 and 2 singles players back.
“North Posey’s always tough. Gibson Southern was pretty good last year, but I can’t recall who they’ve got back.
“Heritage Hills had quite a few seniors. I know Forest Park will be down—they lost 1 and 2 singles and two doubles players.
“It’s going to be very competitive. I don’t know where we’ll fall. I would guess somewhere near the middle.
Castle has won the sectional 12 years in a row and is the favorite again, Weyer said.
“I think the other four are pretty even squads. But Castle is a much larger school and is close to Evansville, where their girls can take lessons all year.”