There is something new at Daniel Boone this season. The Lady Blazer girls' tennis team is starting its first season this fall. At long last Coach Gary Lucas and his team can get involved in meaningful matches after a long time with just practices and getting players to form a team.
They got the season started last week with a tough 4-3 loss to Antietam. In their first season, the Lady Blazers will have modest goals. Playing close matches like the one they had against Antietam is their main goal right now - just be competitive. After that, wins will come.
Coach Lucas says his team is ready to compete. Obviously there is a lot of inexperience on the team but they more than make up for it with enthusiasm and determination.
'The girls' from Boone are tenacious and in great physical condition,' said Coach Lucas. 'Long matches will not concern them. Although they are polite and friendly off the court, they are all fierce competitors on the court.'
The team is well-balanced from ninth grade on through 12th. Who will get lots of playing time right now is hard to say. Here are some of the key players on the team.
Jamie Menarde is a sophomore with some tennis experience. According to Coach Lucas she 'hits solidly from both sides of the court.'
Summer Schoenly, a junior, has impressed her coach with the amount of work she has put into her game. Making herself a better player is a high priority for her.
'Her timing makes her a steady player,' said Lucas. 'She has great court sense. That, combined with a potent serve makes her tough to beat.'
Meredith Gurley is one of the seniors on the game. A natural athlete, Gurley has good court savvy. She can hit hard and cover the entire court.
Kira Miller is a sophomore who can play any position on the team. She is another pure athlete on the team. She keeps in shape by competing in gymnastics.
Caitlin Shellhammer is a freshman but she doesn't play like one. 'Her game is very sound,' said Coach Lubas. 'She knows how to craft points and rarely makes mistakes.'
Lauren Haag is a sophomore and has made great progress in her game. She's a steady player and could make a real difference for the team.
It's the team's first year, so wins will be tough to come by. But Coach Lubas isn't going to judge the success of this team by the numer of wins. He just wants to see his girls get the most out of themselves and make their opponents sweat to get a win.