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Class AA Tennis: Oak Glen to Have New Look This Season

March 22, 2013
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

There will be a new look to the Oak Glen boys' tennis team this spring as all but one varsity performer graduated from last year's squad while another has returned to the team for his final season after taking a year off.

Coach Shannon Sayre knows there is plenty of work to be done with a slew of underclassmen and not much experience, but is ready for the challenge.

''We graduated all but one varsity player from last year so our team is going to be comprised of mostly younger kids this season,'' Sayre said. ''But we are ready for the challenge and looking forward to a good season.''

Sophomore Addison Sayre moves up from No. 4 singles to No. 1 for the Golden Bears while senior Jake Beilhart, who sat out last season, comes back at No. 2. A pair of sophomores will fill the No. 3 and 4 spots with Evan Hall and Nate Bennett, respectively.

While Addison Sayre and Beilhart will play No. 1 doubles and Hall and Bennett No. 2, senior Derek Chamberlain and junior Cullen Bennett will occupy No. 3 doubles. Freshman Christian White rounds out the Oak Glen boys' roster.

On the distaff side, the Lady Golden Bears have five returning players, including a trio of seniors, and five new ones.

Girls' coach Ken Keller also welcomes back one state qualifier in No. 3 singles player Haley Spurlock, who is the only sophomore on the team.

Leading the way will be seniors Anna Crawford, Abbi Sayre and Lauren Pizzurro while junior Madison Hill returns and classmate Shania Helmick is out for the first time. Also new to the roster are incoming freshmen Madison Juszczak, Katelyn Smith, Catie Allison and Kari Spencer.

Keller is also happy to welcome first-year assistant coach Everett Spurlock to the team.

''Practices have been very beneficial so far and the girls and coaches are all very excited and anxious for the season to begin,'' Keller said. ''We intend to have a very fun and rewarding season this year.''


David Thompson returns as the girls' tennis coach at Weir High, but has also picked up the duties of guiding the boys for the first time as well.

Thompson welcomes back four letterman to the girls' team and five on the boys. However, all four girls are in just their second seasons and none are seniors.

The Red Riders' top four singles are all first-year players led by freshman Emily Giordano at No. 1 and sophomores Ryleigh Glaspell at No. 2, Markelle Dilullo at No. 3 and freshman Jasmine Wilson at No. 4.

Juniors Morgan Cassels and Mikayla Zias are both back and hold the No. 1 doubles spot with the other two returning players, sophomores Christine Robinson and Hannah Hinerman playing No. 2 doubles. The third duo will consist of freshmen Lexis Bruno and Ashley Anderson while junior Bailey Tusick will be the alternate.

''Even our second year players are a little young, but they have shown great progress in their knowledge and dedication,'' Thompson said.

In his first season with the boys, Thompson will have Stephen White at No. 1 singles, Chad Hensley at No. 2, Matthew Barnes at No. 3 and Matt Tenaglio playing No. 4. The doubles pairs will include Steven Maragos and Barnes at No. 1, Tenaglio and White at No. 2 and Tyler Conrad and Brendon Wade playing No. 3.

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