La Plata

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - AJ MA­SON

Head coach: Jim Dun­leavy (fifth sea­son) Last year: 8-5, 8-5 (sixth in SMAC, fourth at SMAC tour­na­ment) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Lo­gan Van Sickle (Sr.), Justin Ryan (Sr.), Wal­ter

Boys — Jack Brown­ing (Jr.), Char­lie Shin (So.), Alex Geckle (Sr.); Girls — Kiya Rod­griguez (So.), Ally Her­ring (Sr.), Sophia Deeb (So.) Key per­son­nel losses:

Boys — Joel Rodgers; Girls — Maya Ki­dane Strengths: Ser­pone, who also di­rected the girls bas­ket­ball team to the Class 4A state semi­fi­nals in early March, said that the Ea­gles boast much more ex­pe­ri­ence on the court than a sea­son ago. The seniors pro­vide lead­er­ship to the younger play­ers and the team will also fea­ture more ath­leti­cism which will help carry them ver­sus other ath­letic play­ers in the SMAC. Weak­nesses: While sin­gles will be

None Paras and Hawkins will be promis­ing sin­gles play­ers for the Spar­tans, hav­ing im­proved since the end of last sea­son and are ea­ger to step up their reg­u­lar sea­son per­for­mance from a year ago. In dou­bles, the pair­ings over­all are strong when it comes to cov­er­ing the court and com­mu­ni­cat­ing. There’s a new coach­ing staff this sea­son and as­sis­tant coaches Andrea Young and Stu Up­ton have been very in­stru­men­tal dur­ing the pre­sea­son. Re­turn­ing play­ers have re­sponded well to the change in the coach­ing staff and have pos­i­tively ben­e­fited so far from a com­pre­hen­sive con­di­tion­ing pro­gram as well as over­all devel­op­ment of their game and court strat­egy. Weak­nesses: The Spar­tans have the ben­e­fit of be­ing a sec­ond-year (16th sea­son) Last year: 3-11, 3-10 (tied for 11th in SMAC with Chop­ti­con, sev­enth at SMAC tour­na­ment) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Cam­den Wade (Sr.), Dy­lan Work­man (Sr.); Girls — Domonique Croons (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), Dionne Croons (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — Mustafa Jal­low (Jr., trans­fer); Girls — None Strengths: Parker said that the weather has been good and the team has only missed one prac­tice this far. With good con­sis­tent prac­tices, the play­ers have been work­ing real hard to im­prove on their ten­nis skills. The Croons sis­ters will be a strong as­sets in girls dou­bles and will be very com­pet­i­tive in their matches and will bring ex­pe­ri­ence to the court. Weak­nesses: The Cougars saw new play­ers come out for ten­nis for the first time ever and have to get adapted to per­form in com­pet­i­tive matches. The Last year: Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Vin­cent Adams (Sr.), Justin Brawner, Rei Razo (Jr.); Girls — Jas­mine An­drade (Sr.), Ky­lah Davis (Sr.), Cheyenne Bar­ber (Sr.), Ed­mundo Medel (Sr.), Dy­na­sia Young (Sr.), Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — Ron Con­tr­eras; Girls — Maaria Chugh­tai Strengths: The Wolver­ines have a young coach­able team and a lot of team unity, ac­cord­ing to Scott. The fresh­men and sopho­mores are ea­ger to learn how to play the game of ten­nis as West­lake is build­ing for the fu­ture so that it is able to be com­pet­i­tive within the SMAC. Thus far, the play­ers are work­ing hard on and off the court to bal­ance be­ing a stu­dent-ath­lete. Weak­nesses: West­lake is striv­ing to get in the win­ning col­umn af­ter go­ing win­less a sea­son ago and the play­ers will tran­si­tion into learn­ing more about the fun­da­men­tals of play­ing the game of ten­nis.

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