Metro high school tennis preview capsules
Coach: Paul Kolesar (eighth season)
Last year's finish: 8-8
Who's gone: Admir Ekic.
Key returners: Kareem Kamel, So.; Tre' Johnson, Sr.; Jacob Rieth, Sr.; Aron Halilovic, Sr.; Drew Fleming, Jr.; Jack Wanzek, So.; Allen Wu, Jr.
Coach's comments: "The team continues to grow in numbers and confidence. We have great senior leadership and a lot of young players excited to make an impact on the team. Our team has strong players at the top of the ladder and an incredible amount of depth to go with that. We are excited to compete in the very competitive EDC."
Coach: Greg Unruh (21st season)
Last year's finish: seventh in the Eastern Dakota Conference
Who's gone: Ben Laber, Dustin Houska and Blake Atkins.
Key returners: Michael Hallquist, Jr.; Mitchell Dummer, Jr.; Jacob Shelver, Jr.; Brett Skeldum, So.
Coach's comments: "We got a good, young team. A lot of the guys worked hard in the offseason. We're excited we have no seniors, so we have our whole team back next year. Our goal is just to become better each week and by the time EDC roles around maybe be in the hunt for that fourth spot."
Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove
Coach: Tony Walz (10th season), Dave Drenth (sixth season)
Last year's finish: 11-6, sixth at state
Who's gone: Ben Traynor, Jonah Jelinski, Charlie Perhus, Mason Thimjon, Adam Sayler and Michael Sayler.
Key returners: Finnian O'Donnell, So.; Jacob Jelinski, Jr.; Austin Widmer, Sr.; Kai Pierce, Fr.; Tyler Anderson, eighth grade; Sam Carlson, Jr.
Coach's comments: "Although we lost six top varsity players, we have a very strong core of young players this year," Walz said. "We are just going to work on improving all year and making a run at the EDC tournament."
Coach: Vic Youngs (31st season)
Last year's finish: state champions
Who's gone: Davis Lawley (two-time state singles champion), Alex Hetland, Kain Carlson, Adam Fischer, Luke Mitchell, Tommy Simonson, Toby Creeps and Braden Skrove.
Key returners: Grant Gillett, Jr.; Max Olson, Jr.; Gannon Steffes, So.; Nathan Thiner, Jr.; Miles Ulschmid, Jr.; Geoffrey Youngs, Jr.; Austin Zurn, Jr.
Coach's comments: "We had a memorable season last year. We return five of our nine members of the state championship team. Max Olson and Geoffrey Youngs took second in the state doubles tournament last year and have gained valuable experience playing many tournaments in the offseason. We are looking for Gillett, Steffes, Thiner, Ulschmid, Zurn and others to build on their experience from last year. We appreciate our lone senior, Drew Brown, and the leadership that he brings to the team. We will put out an experienced team with a number of newcomers. Our hope is to be able to compete with all teams in the state and make our opponents play their best if they want to defeat the Bruins."
Coach: Matthew Tucholke (first season)
Last year's finish: 4-12
Who's gone: Joe Beske and Pad Kavasseri.
Key returners: Sohum Mallik, Sr.; Het Mehta, Sr.; Rishab Advani, Jr.; Ben Sikorski, Jr.
Coach's comments: "We are looking to continue our growth this year. We have a young team, and these young men have been working hard in the offseason to improve. Our players are excited to step up to fill the spots left by last year's seniors and to contribute for a few years."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Chad Anderson (fourth season)
Last year's finish: 11-5
Who's gone: Dylan Gagner.
Key returners: Kamden Baer, Sr.; Cameron Cook, Sr.; Kyle Toy, Sr.; Tanner Hansen, Sr.; Jonah Stevenson, Jr.; Mason Urlacher, Jr.; Trey Dew, Sr.; Kamden Coles, So.; Ethan Raan, eighth grade.
Coach's comments: "I'm really looking forward to the start of this season. For the first time in Sheyenne's tennis history we will have more than five seniors on the team playing at varsity level. With the leadership and maturity of the older players and the energy of the young ones, this should be a fun tennis season. I'm hoping that is the year that Sheyenne could finish in the top third of our conference."
Coach: Scott Matheson (22nd season)
Last year's finish: lost in subsection tournament
Who's gone: Brenna Mjoness, Claire Rix, Isabelle Rockstad and Annika Sethre-Hofstad.
Key returners: Sydney Mjoen (captain), Sr.; Briana Jensen (captain), Sr.; Cassie Jensen (captain), Sr.; Kylie Dumas, Jr.; Rachel Craig, Jr.; Emma Craig, Jr.; Ava Kistner, So.; Azylan Lunak, So.; Nicole Hoogland, So.; Kathrina Hansen, eighth grade.
Coach's comments: "Replacing our top four seniors from last year's team will be difficult, but with senior leadership and a talented group of younger players, our team has enough depth to challenge at every singles and doubles position on the court and should be very competitive in a tough subsection."