Boys Tennis: New Coach, New Hopes


Andrew Ellis, Reporter

Ames High boys tennis is gearing up for a rebound season this spring.  Last year Ames High Lil-Cyclones did not put a strong showing in the postseason play by not qualifying for sub-state nor qualifying any player for individual state.

To prepare the team for a quality season, former Lil-Cyclone, Timothy Loe, accepted the position as the head coach for the Ames High boys tennis team.

“I expect a lot from this season after a somewhat disappointing season last year,” said Coach Loe. “We have a fantastic mix of quality senior leadership and young talent.”

Fortunately during the offseason this past year many of the varsity hungry athletes have dedicated themselves to getting better by practicing indoors and outside.

The hardest working tennis player of these during the offseason was easily senior Sam Nettleton. From the end of last season in mid May of 2014 to late March of 2015 Sam played 13-15 hours of tennis every week.

“I just really like playing tennis,” said Sam. “It’s nice to do what I love and to help out the team as a whole.”

The Lil-Cyclones are returning seven of the top ten varsity players from last year and a former state qualifying athlete who was absent last year.

The dedicated fan base is as excited as ever. Senior Dane Van Allen puts it well by saying, “I follow the Ames High boys tennis team, and I am expecting great things from them this year.”