COACH: Chris Minear (1st season)
LAST YEAR: The Wizards tied for second place in the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference with a 7-1 record on a team with six seniors. No. 2 doubles team Taylor Hilim and junior Missy Minear qualified for the 4A state tournament in Pueblo, but lost their first match to Broomfield.
KEY PLAYERS: Amanda Ward, so.; Missy Minear, sr.; Angela DeSimone, so.; Sydney Meyers, fr.; Mikaela Skaare, jr..
DID YOU KNOW? Wizards coach Chris Minear is replacing Scott Talbot, who resigned as head coach. Minear is no stranger to the girls tennis team having been an assistant coach in the program for the past five years.
MINEAR’S COMMENTS: “I think we’ll be as good as we were last year, if not a little bit better. We’re building for the future. We’ve got a lot of young girls. We still have good depth in the program. We’re still going to have in the upper 20s. We’ll have more JV teams than anybody we play against. Windsor’s full of athletes. They come out and learn how to play tennis, and they do great. Two of our three singles players are going to be underclassmen. I think this will be a good year. I think we can easily send people to state again. I think the future’s bright. A lot of them played (offseason tennis) at Work Out West, and we had some play up at Highland Meadows. They just like to play. They all want that next spot. They’re kind of pushing each other. That’s why I’m excited to do a lot of things in the summer. I want them to go year round. We have really good depth, even with losing the six seniors. We have a lot of girls that can just step in and play those spots. My biggest philosophy for them is respect. I want them to respect their opponents, the facilities, the coaches. Tennis is a game of respect. You call your own outs. Your opponents respect you and you need to respect them. (Amanda) Ward can be great. She hits it hard and she’s got all the shots. She can topspin. She just doesn’t like to lose. She’s the starting guard on the basketball team as a sophomore. She’s just an athlete.
SEASON OUTLOOK: With one senior with varsity experience — Missy Minear — the Wizards are young but talented. Look for them to contend once again with Eaton for the conference title, with the chance of sending several girls to the state tournament.
— T.M. Fasano