WELLSBURG - With young players and a brand new coach, the Brooke girls' tennis team looks to have a promising season.
Ellen Larter will replace Brian Cerullo as head coach, while Cerullo takes the reins of the boys' team after long-time coach Emily Beall became the assistant athletics director at the high school.
Larter is ''looking to kick the girls into high gear'' in her first year.
''We have a lot of young talent,'' she said. ''I am very impressed with the attitudes and competitive nature of these young women. The girls are very excited to get the season under way.''
Returning for the Bruins are senior Kameron Miller at No. 1 singles and junior Lauren Shelton at No. 2. At No. 3 singles is junior returner Cassidy Bland.
''Miller, Shelton and Bland have all worked hard in the offseason and their match play has shown to be competitive,'' Larter said. ''These three girls are all very competitive, and I believe they will push each other to do their best this spring.''
Senior Angie Counselman and sophomore Sydney Johnson have shown major improvements and will be battling it out for the fourth seed.
Junior Kylie Greathouse will be holding steady at No. 3 doubles. Junior Jennifer Luck will also share some varsity time.
The Bruins roster is rounded out by freshmen Maddie Marks and Katie Conaway.
On the boy's side, Cerullo can not wait to get his first season under way.
Seniors Jackson Carey and Ryan Mezan will handle the No. 1 and No. 2 single duties, respectively, while junior Bryce Kesling will be the No. 3 seed and Brice Hickey at No. 4.
''Hickey had a productive season at No. 3 doubles last year,'' Cerullo said. ''He is eager to compete in singles this year.''
In addition to the Bruins returning varsity players, Brooke will have some new members, led by sophomore Chris Beaman and senior Austin Barnhart.
According to Cerullo, both Beaman and Barnhart just might "steal some attention'' from the veterans.