Boys tennis: North hoping experience pays off in CSC tennis matches 

The North boys tennis forces will be returning to the courts with some positive vibes this spring as they have several returnees they hope will help to boost their chances. 

North veteran head coach Jerry Diebel said, “Our strength this season will be our experience. We will be returning a lot of players from last year’s team.” 

Diebel then went on to lament the loss of a key player from a year ago. “We lost a three-year singles player from a year ago. Our challenge will be for our singles players to step up their games and to move up in the lineup.” 

The Polars will be relying on a quartet of senior captains to be some of those to “move up in the lineup.” Those senior captains are Nick Dunham, Austin Gardner, Oliver Sueper and Neil Vruno.

Other returning letter winners from a year ago include, senior Burke Peterson, junior Peter Lindberg and sophomores Colin Cassin, Ben Horstman and Ty Yang. 

Assisting Coach Diebel will be Bill Raymond as they set out to improve on the Classic Suburban mark of 5-3 and an overall record of 9-5-1 posted by North a year ago. 

The Polars are scheduled to open the season April 3 when they travel to Coon Rapids for a non-conference match with the Cardinals. The first CSC match is scheduled for April 9, when they host — North home matches are played at the McKnight Courts — the Mahtomedi Zephyrs at 3:30 p.m.

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