Tennis: WIC in rebuild mode
IRON RIVER — West Iron County looks to be in a reloading process for the boys tennis season.
Although the Wykons graduated seven players from last year’s unbeaten team, they return UP Division 2 Player of the Year Holden Ross along with six other letterwinners.
“We lost a great group of seniors,” said Joe Serbentas, named UP Division 2 Coach of the Year. “There are some important pieces to the puzzle returning with several guys that saw a little action in the lineup last season. The goal is to improve quickly and become consistent in matches.
“Having one of the best players in the UP in Holden as a sophomore will give us an edge at the top of the lineup in just about every match.”
WIC also returns All-UP doubles Caden Pellizzer and James Swanson plus Dawson Rybicki, Mitch Ballinger, Drew Hebert and Nolan Anderson.
The graduation list includes All-UP No. 2 singles Neil Tomasoski, No. 1 doubles Brandon Henschel and Kevin Ballinger, No. 2 doubles Tyler McCarthy and No. 3 doubles Steven Nelson along with Bernie Forte and Christian Benson.
Serbentas is assisted by John Spelgatti and Anders Ahlberg. Managers are Katarina Serbentas and Colbi Laturi.
WIC is scheduled to start the year Tuesday, April 23, against Escanaba at Nelson Field courts.
Roster (* denotes letterwinner):
SENIORS — Caden Pellizzer*, James Swanson*,
Dawson Rybicki*, Josiah Holroyd, Tyler Upperstrom
SOPHOMORES — Holden Ross*, Mitch Ballinger*, Andy Fredrickson, Nolan Anderson*, Drew Hebert*, Lucas Isaacson, Logan Horton, Lucas Shovald, Alex Wickstrom, Louis Sartorelli, Cole Alexa, Danny Prudhomme, Colton Marcell.
FRESHMAN — Deian Peterson