Nebraska high school tennis capsules

Nebraska high school tennis capsules
World-Herald News Service

Class A

Bellevue East

Coach: Andrew Werner

Returning state qualifiers: Emma Stofferahn, Kasey Mallow, Emily Crook, Arianna Waschkowski

Outlook: Good skills, strong work ethic and positive attitudes.

Elkhorn South

Coach Steve Bischof

Returning state qualifiers: Samantha Mannix, Tyranny Miller, Hannah Raymond

Outlook: Have to replace state champion at No. 2 singles and medalists at No. 2 doubles. First year in Class A.

Fremont High

Coach: Jeremy Larsen

Returning state qualifiers: Haylie Push, Justine Blick

Outlook: Hard-working and athletic group that will rely on the leadership of our seniors.

Grand Island

Coach: Megan Richardson

Lincoln East

Coach: Chris Stock

Players to watch: Madi Kiani, Justine Linscott, Sydney Rau

Outlook: Good positive atmosphere.

Lincoln High

Coach: Lisa Effle

Returning state qualifiers: Chloe Baylor, Han Le, Julia McMahon-Cole, Sarah Smith

Outlook: Strong tennis backgrounds. Young but experienced.

Lincoln Northeast

Coach: Michael Mason-D’Croz

Returning state qualifiers: Maggie Ferguson, Mercedees Smith, Katie Le

Outlook: Good amount of returning talent. Looking to improve on 19th-place finish at state.

Lincoln North Star

Coach: Matt Lickliter

Returning state qualifiers: None

Outlook: Graduated entire varsity so young and inexperienced. But working hard and excited to improve.

Lincoln Pius X

Coach: Nolan DeWispelare

Returning state qualifiers: Morgan Felber, Taylor Shreve, Brooke Shreve, Abby Sullivan, Natalie Schieuer

Outlook: With five of six state entrants back, team is looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. One of deepest teams DeWispelare has had.

Lincoln Southeast

Coach: Chris Salem

Returning state qualifiers: Sophie Miller, Kate Dean, Lauren Mosser, Fidan Ibrahimova, Abby Peterson, Katie Whitehead

Outlook: Large group of state championship team still together. Finding someone to step into the top six will be biggest question mark.

Lincoln Southwest

Coach: Dennis Hershberger

Returning state qualifiers: Anne Wiltfong, Tanvi Santhosh, Morgan McKinsey, Ansley Gates

Outlook: Five players return with varsity experience.

Millard North

Coach: Josh Raymond

Returning state qualifiers: Olivia Faulk, Caitlin McCarthy, Priya Kukreja, Josie Friedman, Kashish Signh, Leily Zhu

Outlook: Very experienced with seven seniors. Olivia Faulk returned after a year off and is playing No. 1 singles.

Millard South

Coach: Jason Rodenberger

Returning state qualifiers: Adele Kanley

Outlook: With only one member that went to state returning, team is relatively young and inexperienced but progressing quickly.

Millard West

Coach: MJ Robertson

Returning state qualifiers: Sierra Foley, Anna Stuckwisch, Katy Freiburger

Outlook: Wildcats anticipate fierce play through the competitive season.


Coach: Kelly Krueger

Returning state qualifiers: Hannah Matthies, Jenna Jochum, Elise Ehlers, Abryann Kilpatrick, Abigail Wright

Outlook: Good mix of experience and youth.

Omaha Bryan

Coach: Richardo Hernandez

Returning state qualifiers: Araceli De Arcos, Vivian Pham, Emily Pemble, Sierra Leeper

Outlook: Three returning starters who are seniors and a transfer from Omaha Northwest will be core. Young talent moving up.

Omaha Central

Coach: Stan Shaw

Returning state qualifiers: Witney Stanley, Sihley Pawaskar, Evie Kay, Blythe Petersen.

Outlook: Lady Eagles are looking to be quite competitive again. With a deep lineup and a lot of returning letter winneres, they could prove to surprise a lot of opponents.

Omaha Marian

Coach: Beth Dye

Returning state qualifiers: Julia King

Outlook: Lost majority of metro-state team, but looking for girls to step up and be competitive.

Omaha North

Coach: Gina Alati

Returning state qualifiers: Linh Hoang, Shannon McCarty, Rianna Gunter, Ashley Vacura

Outlook: Several players back with varsity experience.

Omaha Westside

Coach: Shaun McMahon

Returning state qualifiers: Ashley Tyler, Erin Kruger, Ellie Sadler

Outlook: Experienced team but without firepower of best squads.

Papillion-La Vista

Coach: Mariana Hurst

Returning state qualifiers: Claire Neil, Morgan Eby, Spencer Roach, Jadyn Moore, Tessa Hurst

Outlook: Monarchs back back this season hungry for more. Graduated only one senior last year from team that finished a half-point back at state.

Papillion-La Vista South

Coach: Betsy Smith

Returning state qualifiers: Carlee Ellis, Evie Ehrhorn

Outlook: Group of girls who are excited about the season and eager to play.

South Sioux City

Coach: Tammy Cahill-Lane

Returning state qualifiers: Ashley Akins, Brisa Medina, Mychyl Brown, Rose Carson

Outlook: Girls have been working hard. Good senior leaders.

Class B


Coach: Barb Rieken

Returning state qualifiers: Katie Steffen, Emma Elliott, Mikayla Bletscher, Keeli Boesiger

Outlook: Several strong players who look to do well in both singles and doubles.


Coach: Morgan Skrdla

Returning state qualifiers: Grace Lueders, Sawyer Davis

Outlook: Some of the girls put in a lot of time over the summer and are showing great improvement.


Coach: Jon Holtz

Returning state qualifiers: Kristal Kuo, Claire Mountjoy, Josie Mountjoy, Grace Nelson, Mackenzie Greckel, Emma Buddenhagen

Outlook: Veteran team returning. Didn’t lose any among top eight, so hope to surpass last year’s fifth-place finish at state.

Grand Island Central Catholic

Coach: James Lowry

Returning state qualifiers: Amanda Fay, Madison Liske

Outlook: Working hard and improving every day. Graduated four from state runner-up team.


Coach: Curt Mace

Returning state qualifiers: Brooke Smith, Kiley Tremel, Abbie Wesely

Outlook: Nice mixture of experience and players who are hungry to fill roles left open.

Hastings Adams Central

Coach: Rod Hartman

Returning state qualifiers: Kelsey Wrightsman

Outlook: Will be inexperienced with only one returning starter.


Coach: Matt Wiemers

Returning state qualifiers: Lauren Koetter, Kacee Samway, Katie Kjendel, Cassiddy Beebe, Kassidy Michaelis

Outlook: Experienced and competitive team.


Coach: Shari Schlichtemeier

Returning state qualifiers: Kacey Jaeger, Kira Mestl, Maddie Herman

Outlook: Herman should be strong at No. 1 singles and Jaeger and Mestl are a force to be reckoned with at No. 1 doubles.

Omaha Brownell-Talbot

Coach: Randy Davis

Returning state qualifiers: Ameya Kutty, Jenny Mu, Anna Kotula, Julia Muell

Outlook: Teams is showing lots of potential.

Omaha Roncalli/Mercy

Coach: Dave Lippold

Returning state qualifiers: Ava Blankman, Maddie Rheinheimer

Outlook: Should be a solid team.

Nebraska City

Coach: Scott Wissing

Returning state qualifiers: Brenna Turner, Aliyah Nye, Brittany Giles, Magen Jorgensen, Aubrey Thurman

Outlook: With five varsity returners, team is looking to be very competitive.


Coach: Darren Ivy

Returning state qualifiers: Hannah Sands, Makayla Rice

Outlook: Working hard to improve on fundamentals and find roles on the team.


Coach: Josh Miller

Returning state qualifiers: Maria McDougall, Nicole Mittman

Outlook: Very athletic group but lack varsity experience.

Note: Some schools did not return forms.

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