Howard Looking to Fills Holes at JM
By CODY TOMER
MOUNDSVILLE — Six-year head coach Brad Howard lost two players to graduation from both the boys’ and girls’ teams and will be looking to fill those shoes during the 2017 season.
Tyler Keller and Tyler Danahey graduated from the boys squad, after both went to state a season ago and Keller had reached the state tournament three consecutive years.
“We lost a lot of our starters from last year’s team,” Howard said. “Keller made it down to state three straight years and will be missed.”
The two returning seniors on the John Marshall boys team are Riley Glines and Jacob Rose, who have each seen success in the program.
“Rose was Keller’s doubles partner last season and should do really well this year,” Howard said. “Glines also made the trip to state last year and is looking even better this season.”
Junior Brian Kotson is expected to be at top-four player for Howard’s boys.
“Kotson could earn that third spot,” Howard said. “He has really been stepping up well this year and I think anyone can earn the fourth spot.”
Juniors aiming to earn that final spot are Joel Varner and Daniel Yoho.
The boys’ team consist of five freshmen, which includes Tristan Berisford, Alex Hill, Cole Perry, Alex Postle and Brayden Snider.
“We have 22 matches lined up this year and I think our boys should be able to pull off at least 15 of those 22 matches,” said Howard.
The girls team is bringing back plenty of experience with five seniors on the 2017 squad.
“Senior Hannah Stevey is going to be our number one for the girls,” Howard said. ” Senior Visakha Turner and sophomore Mackenzie Whorton are both in the mix for our two and three positions.”
Other seniors in the mix for the girls are Celina Armstrong, Isabelle Harr and Nicole Wilson.
The juniors looking to make an impact include Montana Fonner and Mikayla Rogers.
Sophomores taking the court are Alexis Hudson and Emily Wright.
A group of five freshmen hoping to leave their mark consists of Angel Gill, Katherine Nelson, Randa Omear, Jameson Polley and Kalyn Sobutka.
“We will be alright this year,” Howard said. “As a team, our goal is to win at least 50 percent of our matches and we are hoping our doubles team can win some team matches this year, so we will definitely be counting on our doubles a good bit.”
March 17: at Oak Glen 4 p.m.
March 22: at Brooke 4 p.m.
March 23: Madonna 4 p.m.
March 25: at University/ Morgantown 9:30 a.m.
March 28: Wheeling Park 4 p.m.
March 29: Wh.Central (boys)/ Mag.(girls) 4 p.m.
March 30: at Linsly 4 p.m.
April 1: at Buckhannon-Uphsur 1 p.m.
April 3: at Wheeling Central (boys) 4 p.m.
April 4: Brooke 4 p.m.
April 5: Linsly 4 p.m.
April 10: Oak Glen 4 p.m.
April 11: Buckhannon-Upshur 4 p.m.
April 12: at Wheeling Park 4 p.m.
April 15: Park.outh/Morgantown/St. C. 8 a.m.
April 17: at Weir 12 p.m.
April 19: at Williamstown 4 p.m.
April 20: University 4 p.m.