Ready Roundup: Girls tennis squad looking to continue climb

JARROD ULREY
julrey@thisweeknews.com
Sophomore first-singles player Kayla Thomas returns to lead the Ready girls tennis team under seventh-year coach Dan Skuce.

As was the case when it began last season, the Ready girls tennis team entered this year with most of its lineup back.

The result last year was that the Silver Knights more than doubled their win total, improving from 3-10 in 2018 to 7-8 last fall.

Ready hopes another step forward can be taken considering it returns sophomore Kayla Thomas in singles as well as most of its doubles players.

"I don't have any new players at all and I lost three (players to graduation), so I'm thinking I'll have about nine girls," seventh-year coach Dan Skuce said. "We've got some depth and got some experience compared to what I've had."

Although Ready had a pair of returning singles players in 2020 graduates Lindsay Dickerson and Emily Mathew heading into last season, Thomas was playing first singles by the end of the season and earned first-team all-CCL honors.

In last year's Division II sectional at Columbus School for Girls, Thomas lost in the first round. She went 2-3 at first singles and 4-3 at second singles last fall.

Junior Victoria Foust also played singles at sectional and lost in the first round.

Also at sectional, senior Jenna Ruth and Dickerson lost in the second round in doubles and Mathew and Foust fell in the first round in doubles.

Seniors Iveth Saucedo and Mary Tokar also return after losing in the second round in doubles.

Ruth and Tokar both won six matches and Saucedo earned five wins last fall.

Senior Claire Nagy is another returnee after seeing action in doubles.

Seniors Grace Larger and Rose Scott and junior Lizzie Ramos also are looking to contribute.

Ready opened Aug. 11 by beating Westland 5-0. It begins CCL action Sept. 15 at DeSales.

"It'll be interesting," Skuce said. "The CCL will obviously be really rough, but we'll definitely have some competitive courts with everybody but Watterson. Last year, we won one of the (courts) against DeSales and won a (court) against Hartley and it was pretty competitive."

Roster grows for boys golf team

After not having enough athletes to post a team score in the Division II district tournament at Denison Golf Club last fall, the boys golf team shouldn't run into a similar issue this season.

The Knights have four returnees from last season, two others who previously competed for the program and four newcomers.

"We're hoping to have a winning record because we haven't had one in a few years here," third-year coach Bob Wilson said. "Last year, we only sent individuals (to district), so we're hoping to play there as a team this year. (We have) 10 players this year, so that should be helpful."

Senior Mitchell Clark and junior Adam Bennett, who shot 103 and 107, respectively, at district, are the top returnees.

Senior Dario Scott and sophomore Ryan Petrella also gained experience last fall.

Seniors Kyle Gramlich and Keenan Johnston have rejoined the Knights after competing two seasons ago but not last fall.

Senior Garrison Budd, juniors Westen Avery and Troy Hixson and freshman Nate Bennett are new to the team.

Ready competes in the CCL preseason tournament Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Hickory Hills.

"This will be the first year that I've been coaching that I'll have seniors," Wilson said. "We've been very young, but with us being more experienced, maybe we'll win more of these CCL matches."

Much of girls golf team returns

The girls golf team has returned its entire lineup and added one player after finishing sixth (482) in a Division II sectional last season and going 0-6 in the CCL.

Senior Clarissa Bachelder, who shot 92 to tie for seventh at sectional and then placed 27th (101) at district, is the top returnee.

Senior Gabrielle Phillips, juniors Lema Ahmed, Nora Hackman, Abby Parisi and Mattie Wiethe and sophomore Leah Kaufman also are back. Ahmed, Parisi and Wiethe were the Knights' other sectional competitors.

Sophomore Cece Muraco is new to the program after previously playing volleyball for the Knights.

Ready opened CCL action Aug. 12 by not posting a team score at NorthStar because two players withdrew before the tournament was completed. The final round of league play is Oct. 10 at the same site.

"(Bachelder) has been playing our No. 1 spot and really our Nos. 2-8 players are going to fluctuate," second-year coach Kyle Garrett said. "Cece has never golfed before and never played on a course so her first actual nine-hole match was (Aug. 6). She's getting better."

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At a glance

BOYS GOLF

*Coach: Bob Wilson, third season

*Top players: Adam Bennett, Mitchell Clark, Ryan Petrella and Dario Scott

*Key losses: None

*2019 CCL standings: St. Charles (8-0), Watterson (6-2), DeSales (3-5), Hartley (3-5), Ready (0-8)

*2019 postseason: Did not score at district

GIRLS GOLF

*Coach: Kyle Garrett, second season

*Top players: Lema Ahmed, Clarissa Bachelder, Abby Parisi and Mattie Wiethe

*Key losses: None

*2019 CCL standings: DeSales (6-0), Watterson (4-2), Hartley (2-4), Ready (0-6)

*2019 postseason: Sixth at sectional

GIRLS TENNIS

*Coach: Dan Skuce, seventh season

*Top players: Victoria Foust, Claire Nagy, Jenna Ruth, Iveth Saucedo, Kayla Thomas and Mary Tokar

*Key losses: Lindsay Dickerson, Emily Mathew and Julianne Pece

*Last season: 7-8 overall

*2019 CCL standings: Watterson (3-0), DeSales (2-1), Hartley (1-2), Ready (0-3)

Senior Mitchell Clark is one of four returnees expected to lead the Ready boys golf team.