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Sports Update: Tennis and Golf Teams Start Strong, Despite Rain

Hannah Sisul, Staff Reporter

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With spring sports already well underway, the Falconer decided to check in on both boys and girls golf and tennis.

Tennis

Tennis has been having the same struggle that all spring sports are having: rain. The girls tennis team has not played all of their scheduled league games this year because of the weather, but they did beat Hillsboro, a league opponent, in preseason giving them some confidence going into league play. They are currently 1-0-2 in conference play and their overall record is 3-0-2.

“The season is going really well when we can actually get out and play,” senior Jamie Loeffl says. “The chemistry on the team is great and everyone has been working hard to build up their skills.”

Loeffl is excited to spend more time with her teammates and even as a senior she’s excited to continue developing her skills and be the best partner possible with senior Olivia Kiesz knowing that she only has a few games left.

“As a senior, I’m hoping to beat one team 6-0 with my partner and I’d really like to spend some time with the juniors and sophomores so they are confident to take the team over after all of the seniors leave,” Loeffl says.

The team is hoping to make it to state this year even though they know it will be a difficult challenge. Hopefully the Falcons will be able to get on the court soon and the weather holds up so they can start league play.

La Salle boys tennis is also having a good start to the season, and are currently 1-0 in league. After a great season last year sending multiple people to state, the team is hoping to do the same this year.

Some of the biggest contributors are junior Stephen Leeb and sophomore Nico Hey. They have both been a big part of the team’s success this season.

“I think the biggest challenge we have faced so far is the weather,” Leeb says. “We have had to constantly reschedule.”

Weather permitting, the team is looking forward to traveling to Redmond this weekend and playing good competition.

Golf

If you don’t know many people on the girls golf team, it wouldn’t be surprising given that there is only a total of two people on the team. Junior Emily Miller and sophomore Emily Hawkins make up the Falcons roster.

“I really like the small team because it is easier to practice,” Miller explains. “There is no trouble with only two girls on the team. If anything, we have more one on one time with the coach and in our private lessons.”

Miller is currently ranked 3rd overall in league and thinks she could definitely be higher because she missed a match as a result of the La Salle week-long trip to Moab, Utah. Emily is looking forward to the districts meet coming up and possibly making it to state.

Boys golf has had an incredible season so far. Junior Matt Werner has been lights out and has won every single match this season except for one. The team is ranked second in league at the moment and has the potential to win the NWOC.

The biggest contributors to the team are Werner and seniors Jonah Pemberton and Connor Denning. Pemberton, who is committed to play golf at Alabama State, is individually ranked 3rd in league. Denning is ranked 4th individually as well.

“I am greatly looking forward to state, as I think we have a good chance to place highly as a team and as individuals,” Werner says.

After placing 2nd in their last league match, the Falcons hope to bounce back and regain the top spot in league.

Congrats to all Falcon sports teams as they continue their seasons. Follow the Falconer on Twitter for more updates on our spring sports!

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