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Panther tennis teams prepare for 2020

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Mt. Pleasant’s Corbin Broeker sets to return a ball during a meet last season.
Union file photo Mt. Pleasant’s Corbin Broeker sets to return a ball during a meet last season.
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MT. PLEASANT – There has been no practice and no for sure start time to the 2020 high school tennis season, but the Mt. Pleasant squads are hopeful for their schedule to one day start up.

The Panther boys team is coming off a great 2019. Mt. Pleasant finished second in the SEC and sending top doubles team Corbin Broeker and Jaxon Hoyle to the state tournament.

Mt. Pleasant will return the majority of their team back from last year, including both Broeker and Hoyle. Also returning from last year’s varsity six are David Nguyen and Jack Schimmelpfennig, and coach Tyler Rodgers expects Levi Graber to be right up there in the mix as well.

The Panther boys did lose one varsity player, Clayton Henriksen, to graduation. Donny Arledge will be running track this season, so that means Mt. Pleasant will have two open spots.

Ft. Madison won the boys conference tournament last season. Coach Rodgers says he’s hoping the Panthers can be neck-and-neck with the Bloodhounds, as Ft. Madison loses their No. 1 player.

The Mt. Pleasant girls lost their top four players from last year. Erin Zihlman, Hallie Sandeen, Shaleen Thiengmany and Breeana Runyon all graduated, leaving a lot of spots open at the top.

The Panthers return Sierra Barton and Olivia Larson, the fifth and sixth best players from last year.

Coach Steven Scott says the Mt. Pleasant girls will depend a lot on a group of inexperienced players to fill out the varsity squad.

Coach Scott says Fairfield should be the clear favorite in 2020, but that the rest of the conference should be very competitive.

The Mt. Pleasant tennis teams are now sitting back and waiting for the “go” to start up practice in the 2020 season. Hopefully, East Lake Park will soon see action on the courts.