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Senior boys lead Riverton High School tennis players

Aug 24, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Seniors John Kelleher and Joey Roseno have emerged as the No. 1 and No. 2 Riverton High School boys tennis players for the 2012 season.

Kelleher attends Worland High School but plays for the Wolverines because his school doesn't have a tennis program.

"John looks pretty good," RHS coach Mary Lea Wolf said. "He has been playing all summer."

In the summer, Kelleher goes back east and plays in a number of different tournaments.

"He is getting good," Wolf said. "By the end of the season, I'm hoping that he will do something for us."

Roseno enters his fourth season on the varsity squad for the Wolverines.

"Joey is a good athlete," Wolf said. "Joey is getting a good top spin serve. He is a strong kid. Serving will be his strength."

The other boys on the RHS team are Brandon Baxter, Bradley Branson, Colt Connelly, Nathaniel Esposito, David Gard, Nathan Hatfield, Morgan Miller, Virgil Morrison, Dallin North, Tristan Wells, Jonathan Frayley, Ryan Childers, Shaide Stover, Sam Winter and Axel Arvidson.

"I'm really happy that we can fill the two varsity teams and still have guys left over," Wolf said.

Wolf said the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams are a question for the season opener Saturday in Rawlins. The Wolverines will play the Outlaws and Cheyenne South in a pair of non-conference matches.

"I'm going to settle on the No. 1 doubles team pretty soon," Wolf said. "I have a slew of guys that have come back."

Wolf said she does like the way Hatfield has played in practice the first two weeks of the season. This is Hatfield's first season out for tennis.

"Nathan has an idea of what to do with the ball," Wolf said.

The Wolverines have 36 players on the

roster.

"That type of numbers is good thing for Riverton," Wolf said.

Girls

RHS player Andrea Souza has locked down a No. 1 tennis position. Souza had knee surgery in the spring.

"Andrea has a two-hand backhand and a two-hand forehand, which is very interesting," Wolf said. "She makes it work."

Ruby Baca is the No. 2 player for the RHS girls.

"It's all new players from there," Wolf said.

McKenna Christopherson, Shante Cleveland, Gillian Fahey, Katelynn Hurst, Alex LaJeunesse, Jessika Lawrence, KaylaRae Lawrence, Maxine Lawson, Christina Linthicum, Jessica Makin, Annabelle Papst, Fallyn Richmond, Lori Tarbert, Alex Verosky and Jacee Finlayson are trying to crack into the varsity and junior varsity positions.

Schedule

The Wolverines will play Tuesday at Jackson after the season opener Saturday.

RHS will only have three home matches this season. The first one is Friday, Aug. 31, against the Cody Fillies. Start time is 2 p.m. The matches will be played at Central Wyoming College, Sunset Park and the Riverton High School tennis courts.

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