Wildcats strong in singles

With five experienced players returning off the 2007 tennis team that finished with an 8-7 WesCo North league record, Oak Harbor High School coach Horace Mells said the success or failure of the team will depend on how the four singles matches go.

“We’re going to be strong in singles and a little weak in doubles, just the way we’ve always been,” he said.

The first and second singles players graduated, but junior Derek Thomas and senior Ryan Evans will be stepping up to fill the void.

Last year Thomas and Evans were the third and fourth singles players, respectively.

“I will have senior Jordan Kingma playing number three singles this year and Josh Evans will be my number four singles,” Mells said.

Also returning is senior Paul Jewell, who Mells said will be one of the combinations on the first doubles team.

The rest of the varsity positions are pretty much up for grabs with senior David Marshall, junior Chris Holbrook and sophomore Max O’Dell expected to fill some of the vacant spots.

“All three of those guys played on the junior varsity team last year,” Mells said.

Once again, Lake Stevens and Cascade will put tough teams on the court, but Mells said he expects the Wildcats to be highly competitive.

Oak Harbor jumps right into WesCo North matches as they travel to Monroe Sept. 8 and host Lake Stevens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.

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