Brent de Wolf is one of only three returning varsity players for the South Whidbey tennis team. (File photo)

Brent de Wolf is one of only three returning varsity players for the South Whidbey tennis team. (File photo)

Prep preview / Tennis

The South Whidbey tennis team lost the bulk of last year’s varsity team to graduation, so the Falcons will turn to new faces to compete this fall.

Only three players with varsity experience return.

Senior Brent de Wolf and junior Levi Buck, both with postseason experience, are back. Junior Joey Lane also saw some varsity action in 2017.

Coach Karyle Kramer said the concern over the team’s youth is balanced by its strengths.

“Overall the players have excellent attitudes and are coachable,” she said. “They listen and want to improve. They also seem to get along well. Many of them have good stroke foundations.”

Kramer’s goals for her team are “to create many opportunities for players to improve their tennis games, to develop new friendships and to understand how to better function in this world. Tennis skills, life skills — they go together.”

While the other South Whidbey fall teams will play in the newly formed North Sound Conference, the Falcons and Coupeville, the only North Sound schools with tennis teams, will compete in the powerful Emerald City League, home of numerous state champions.

“I’d rather have a tough league than an easy one,” Kramer said. “Players learn more, in general, when they are challenged. It also better prepares us for postseason.

“The Emerald City League has the toughest teams in the state — it’s always a good gauge of how strong we are statewide, depending on how we do in league.”

Kramer and assistant coach Bess Windecker-Nelson will be joined by new assistant Don Zisette, who replaces Nancy Ricketts, who resigned to spend more time with her family.

South Whidbey, 7-4 last year, begins the season when Coupeville, also 7-4, visits at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

More in Sports

South Whidbey wins 5-0, but it wasn’t easy / Soccer

Although the South Whidbey High School soccer team won 5-0 Thursday, Sept.… Continue reading

Forsyth nabs 1st for Falcons / Swimming

South Whidbey High School’s Parker Forsyth picked up a first place in… Continue reading

Falcons participate in opening meet / Swimming

Tasting meet action for the first time this spring, the South Whidbey… Continue reading

Sharp play helps Falcons stop CPC / Soccer

Playing one of its best all-around games in coach Terry Swanson’s tenure,… Continue reading

Community invited to run 5K at Westling Invitational / Cross country

South Whidbey residents can relive their high school days by being part… Continue reading

South Whidbey holds own at Sehome Invitational / Cross country

Running with the big boys (and girls), the South Whidbey High School… Continue reading

Falcons split 2 close matches / Tennis

The South Whidbey High School tennis team split a pair of 3-2… Continue reading

Falcons whip West Seattle / Football

A strong all-around game carried the South Whidbey High School football team… Continue reading

Falcon boys 1st, girls 2nd at preview meet / Cross country

The South Whidbey High School boys finished first and the girls second… Continue reading

Most Read