Boys tennis meets today; program faces changes this season

Alex Feldman ('11)/Eastside Business Manager

The Boys’ Tennis Team held its first meeting this afternoon in room C103.  The meeting was led by Mr. deWolf, this year’s junior varsity and varsity coach.  He is replacing Ralph Ipri, who served the past 41 years as the varsity coach.  For the 2011 season, deWolf seeks to bring a new attitude to the tennis program.  More than once, he stressed that “tennis is not a country-club sport.”  A handbook was issued to all who attended the meeting outlining the new code of conduct.  This year, players who miss a practice will not be allowed to compete in a match the following day.

Many East teams faced budget cuts this year with varying effects.  The boys’ tennis program lost the junior varsity coaching position.  This means both teams will now practice together at East.  Also, for the first time in more than 40 years, there will be cuts.  Coach deWolf insisted however that no one would be cut.  Instead everyone would either be “selected” or “not selected.”  This is a big change for the 30 plus students who played recreationally on the JV team last year.
Without a clear starting varsity lineup, the returning varsity players are certainly anxious about this season.  It is certainly a good thing to have a coach with a optimistic outlook and a plan to help the team succeed.  Tryouts begin March 1 and are open to anyone cleared to play.  For more information see Mr. deWolf in C103.