STATE TENNIS: IN THE BOOKS

The PHS tennis team wraps up their 2021 season with moderate success and a lot of improvement.

Kora Terry

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The PHS varsity tennis team shows confidence in the face of the upcoming Regional matches Sep. 23.

With the end of fall tennis season right around the corner, the Panther tennis team prepared vigorously, hoping for a win at the Wyoming High School State Tennis Championships on Sep. 23-25 in Gillette. 

Part of that preparation took place at the regional tournament, where the girls team placed 8th and boys placed 6th. One player who stood out was Boys’ No.1 singles senior Ethan Bartholomew. Bartholomew placed fourth in the tournament after losing in the consolation championship match, while finishing as a quarter finalist at state.

“I’m really happy with how the season ended,” Bartholomew said. “I was playing the best I have ever played. I wish I could’ve placed a bit better, but I’m still really happy.”

With the tennis season ending, the Panthers were ready to wrap up their season at State. Boys placed 9th overall, followed by girls placing 12th. It was a difficult season for the Panther Tennis team, but with the support of the school, community, and parents they pushed their way through to the end.

I definitely enjoy those mental aspects. You can’t be very successful if you don’t keep your head on the entire time.”

— Kalin Hicswa

“It’s very challenging, mentally and physically,” junior Kalin Hicswa said. “I definitely enjoy those mental aspects. You can’t be very successful if you don’t keep your head on the entire time. Plus [state] is the highlight of the season, you wouldn’t want to miss it.”

Head Coach Joe Asay has been coaching at PHS since 2016, and assistant coach Brandon Preator, who has been with the program for over 13 years, put another year at state under their belts. 

Coaching these players since practices started up, Coach Asay and Coach Preator are able to watch each individual grow into a better tennis player, helping to motivate and push them along the way.

“Coach Asay was probably my biggest supporter; he was always there and would come play with me whenever I asked,” Bartholomew said. “He helped cheer me on and make me better.” 

Adds Hicswa: “[Coach Asay and Coach Preator] supported everyone along the way. It’s always a treat to have them watching and cheering during your match.”