Ben Retzlaff takes an underhanded swing during practice.
Ben Retzlaff takes an underhanded swing during practice.

   The Ripon High School Tiger boys’ tennis team received a sample of what it has to look forward to this season as it visited the Kaukauna Invitational last week Saturday.

   And while rain washed away the competition before it was able to be completed, Ripon head coach Breck Speers liked what he saw.

   “In singles, we were leading in each match,” he said. “We were rained out Saturday, but we were leading against D[ivision] 1 schools. Now in D[ivision] 2 that we’re in, you have to play schools like Kohler that would probably beat a lot of these D[ivision] 1 schools, but I would say these D[ivision] 1 schools will be at least as strong as some of the teams in our conference, so I’m encouraged by that.”

   The Tigers showed all of that despite missing two of their expected varsity players as Iffer Long and Ethan Voss were both gone due to a school-sponsored Spanish trip.

   That caused Theo Rauch, who figures to team with Long at No. 1 doubles this season, to play No. 1 singles, and it resulted in a domino effect for the rest of the lineup.

   The projected No. 1 singles player, Tyler Granados, was one of the players to shine last weekend.

Read the full story, which includes information on the work the players put in during the offseason and Speers' goals for the season, in the April 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.