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Megan Robinson is one of the returning state placers in tennis doubles last year and Coach Rothlisberger is looking to Megan for player leadership this year with the new crop of talent ascending to varsity level.
Chelan tennis team ready to shock league
By Richard Uhlhorn (info supplied by Head Coach Marty Rothlisberger)
Marty Rothlisberger, Chelan’s varsity tennis coach, is expecting the league to think Chelan will be down this year because so many excellent players graduated in June. “I think some teams expect us to be significantly down this year,” said Rothlisberger. “But, we’re not down. We’ll shock people.”
Rothlisberger has been in the head coaching position for the past 12 years. His assistant coaches include Lisa Robinson who is in her 6th year. Lisa is a former state doubles champion from Omak. In her first year of coaching, Kayla (Pilkinton) Helleson, played for the Goats from 2000 to 2003 and was a state placer twice.
Last year the Chelan Goats were hard to beat. The girls team were the CTL Co-Champions, District Champions and the 1A State Champions. The boys were second in the CTL, second in Districts and fifth in State. They also captured the 1A Academic State Title. “We were the only 1A school in the entire state to have an entry in each of the four state tournament brackets (boys and girls Singles and boys and girls Doubles).
“I won’t make any predictions about where we will be at the end of the season, but we’ll do the best we can,” said Rothlisberger. He expects Cashmere to be the toughest team in the league because they have the most returning to play. “They’ll be tough.”
“Although we lost a lot of seniors, we had a lot of depth last year, so we are expecting to compete well with all the teams in the league.” Rothlisberger sees the team’s strength in enthusiasm for tennis, the fact that they are coachable and are willing to practice for long hours. The big weakness is the lack of prior varsity experience.
Rothlisberger’s top returners are Megan Robinson who was third in state doubles last year; Frank Rosas, a senior who qualified for state in doubles action; and Dillon Morrison, also a state qualifier last year in doubles play.
Rothlisberger will be relying heavily on his new comers to the team. This includes Adrien DuBois, a French exchange student; seniors Cheyenne Crose, Andrea Rainey and Corrin Easley; juniors Tess Young, Sarah Kunkel, Matt Barnes, Bpon Malana, Tanner Hendricks and Javier Navarro; and sophomore Eli Jenkins.