Juniors Alex Craig and Ben Coomer played the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, respectively, this fall for the Seymour High School boys tennis team.
Coach Brad Emerson said they did a good job playing against tough competition, and on Sunday night during the team’s awards program in the SHS cafeteria, they were named the co-most valuable players.
Emerson said most of the awards were voted on by the members of the team.
“Both (Craig and Coomer) exemplified good play against good competition,” Emerson said. “I hope they didn’t get overwhelmed by the level of competition. Coomer started playing some varsity matches his freshman year.”
Coomer also received the 110 percent award and a three-year award.
“The boys felt this person never gave up, and I could see he was giving it his all,” Emerson said of Coomer.
Andrew Rudge received the mental attitude award, and Seth Stuckwisch was named the most improved player.
“Rudge kept calm and cool throughout his matches. He played well against better competition, and he played good matches against good competition,” Emerson said. “Stuckwisch made big strides from a year ago. He played varsity all year, and hopefully, he’ll stick with it. This was a good learning experience for him. Both made the jump from junior varsity, and they both learned how to play at the varsity level.”
Stuckwisch and Rudge, both sophomores, played No. 1 doubles for most of the season.
Freshmen Josiah Rudge, Brady Rinehart and Nick Blevins earned varsity letters, and Emerson said all three earned their way into the varsity lineup by winning challenge matches.
“The record (2-15) was a little tough,” Emerson said. “We played against some ranked teams like Bloomington South, Cathedral and Jeffersonville, and we played well against those teams, but we struggled against some teams that we should have beaten.
“We didn’t have any seniors, and the outlook is great for next year. We have several of them attending clinics at Tipton Lakes, a lot more than in the past, and we have a lot of Seymour girls going up there (to Columbus). There are courts available during evenings and on weekends, and if we could get a few more hours on the courts, that would help. I felt comfortable in my role as a tennis teacher, and I want to carry that over as they get out and play next year.”
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