Sehome Mariners 2013 boys' tennis preview

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 10, 2013 

SEHOME

MARINERS

Coach: Bonna Giller

Last year: Won a Northwest Conference title with a 14-0 record and finished 17-1 overall. ... Advanced one singles (Avery West) and one doubles entry (Nick Smith/Brady Anderson) to the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Smith and Anderson placed fourth, and West won a state title. ... Finished tied for second in state.

Players to watch: Brady Anderson (so.), Reece Gilbert (so.), Max Shmotolokha (so.), Jeremy Delisle (sr.), Brendan Friesen (sr.), Aaron Goldfogle (jr.), Sam Humphreys (sr.)

Outlook: The Mariners suffered a major blow when coach Bonna Giller learned 2012 Class 2A State Tournament singles champion Avery West decided to forgo his senior year of prep tennis to train in Seattle. The loss of West, coupled with nine graduated seniors, seems to make mighty Sehome a little more beatable. However, Giller still has a deep group she believes is capable of repeating as Northwest Conference champions. "It will definitely be a rebuilding year," Giller said. "I lost nine guys from last year, but the young kids that are coming up are doing a great job. They understand the commitment it's going to take and the level of play we expect at Sehome." The absence of West has left a void at the No. 1 singles spot, and there are a number of young talents competing for the position, Giller said. Those include sophomores Brady Anderson, Max Shmotolokha and Reece Gilbert. Upperclassmen Jeremy Delisle, Brendan Friesen, Aaron Goldfogle and Sam Humphreys also present Sehome strong veteran leadership. "The guys anticipate another conference championship and have the goal of another undefeated season," Giller said.

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 13 at Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 Squalicum* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Sehome Crossover (at Lake Washington) 10 a.m.

Sept. 23 Lynden* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 25 Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 Sehome Challenge Noon

Sept. 30 Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Squalicum* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Lynden* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.

* NWC game

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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