By CARL VAN FLEET
The RHS Boys 2013 varsity tennis season kicked into high gear this past week with a full slate of exciting tournament matches. This year’s varsity lineup is made up of a veteran group of seniors with a mix of talented up and coming underclassman as well.
The senior leaders on the 2013 squad are singles players #1 Mark Vietengruber, #2 Luke Van Fleet and #3 Zak Reithschleger. At doubles are seniors #1 Thomas Hall & Sam Dater, #2 Ken Smith & John Macgregor and #3 Connor Krupp & John D’Amore. Rounding out the squad are junior class singles player Jeremy Hewitt at # 4 & the #4 doubles team of junior Ben Ramsey & sophomore Morgan Hale.
All in all a great group of talented high school tennis players that will go all out this year in pursuit of the O-K Red Crown. Go Rams, beat West Ottawa!
The Rams 2013 season kicked off last week with two multi school tournaments. First up was the Northview High School invitational on August 21. This tournament was a three way meet with RHS versus Northview and Muskegon Reeths Puffer High Schools.
In their first tournament play of the season, the Rams Varsity team battled it out on the courts at Northview High through a long and hot day. At the end of the day’s match play, the Rams team scored crucial team points to take a majority of both the singles and doubles matches and came out as the first place tournament champion!!
Scoring flight champion victories for RHS in the tournament were #1 singles Mark Vietengruber as well as all 4 double squads. #1 Hall & Dater, #2 Smith & Macgregor, #3 Krupp & D’Amore and #4 Ramsey & Hale scored critical team points to help the team take the championship trophy. Overall a great team win.
In the second multi school tournament of the season, the Rams varsity tennis squad traveled to Traverse City for the TC Central Invitational. In this tournament the Rams faced a tough division 1 tennis powerhouse in Traverse City Central High School, along with teams from Holly and Jension. After a long day of tough tennis matches, the Rams came up just short by one point in taking the tournament trophy, which was won by TC Central. Scoring flight champion victories for the Rams in the TC Invitational were #2 singles Luke Van Fleet and the double squads of #1 Hall & Dater, #3 Krupp & D’Amore and #4 Ramsey & Hale.
The Rams kick off the week of August 26 with the always tough Elliott Pearce Invitational hosted by Forest Hills Central. The EPI is known to have one of the toughest draws in the state with six of the eight teams in the field finishing 2012 in the top 10 in their respective divisions. The Rams will battle it out with high school perennial powerhouse teams including Detroit Catholic Central H.S. While the competition will be as tough as it will get all season at the EPI, the Rams Guys Varsity tennis team is ready and will be showing the grit and determination worthy of a RHS Ram student athlete.
The Rams also travel to Zeeland East H. S. on August 28 and then play at home on August 29 against Muskegon Reeths Puffer at 4:00 p.m. Come on out to see some competitive tennis and root for the home team.
In his 2013 team assessment thus far, head coach Tom Huizing said, “Our team is a senior class heavy squad this year and I expect nothing but the best from these fine young men as they represent RHS in competition with the best in the area for varsity tennis”.