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2013 boys tennis previews

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CHATFIELD CHARGERS
Head coach: Mark Koza
Assistant coaches: Matt Raml, Miles Flesche
Classification: 5A Jeffco
2012 recap: Chatfield finished second in the 5A Jeffco League and at regionals, while qualifying six of seven spots for the state tournament. The Chargers received the boys tennis sportsmanship award for the state of Colorado in 2012.
Players to watch: John Koza, Brian Ross, John Simpson
Season opener: Aug. 23, vs. Denver East
State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver
Outlook: Chatfield returns eight of 11 varsity players from last year’s squad with only two seniors on this year’s team. All three singles players are returning for the fall season.
­— Ryan Ward

COLUMBINE REBELS
Head coach: Lorens Knudson
Assistant coaches: Jim Lacy, Daniel Barela
Classification: 5A Jeffco
2012 recap: The Columbine team went undefeated in league play last year and took second place at regionals while sending nine players to state.
Players to watch: Andy Wright, Galen Graham, Kyle Iverson
Season opener: Aug. 22, at Golden
State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver
Outlook: Columbine is inexperienced at the varsity level, returning just three starters fro 2012. But Knudson expects the team to compete hard and improve throughout the season.
— Ryan Ward

DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
Head coach: Rusty Watson
Assistant coaches: Devin Van Treeck and Chris Siguenza
Classification: 5A Jeffco
2012 recap: Dakota Ridge placed sixth in the 5A Jeffco League.
Player to watch: Adam Rivera, Sr.
Season opener: Aug. 29, vs. Lakewood, 3:30 p.m.
State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver
Outlook: The Eagles bring back a young team with a lot of potential, Watson said.
— Ryan Ward

LITTLETON LIONS
Head coach: Don Zolla
Assistant coach: Kevin Brooks
Classification: 5A Continental League
2012 recap: A youthful Lions team finished .500.
Players to watch: Patrick Gray, Sr.; Dom Mazzola, Sr.
Season opener: Aug. 22, vs. ThunderRidge
State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver
Outlook: “We are looking good,” Zolla said. “Seven returning varsity players make us optimistic. We always like to beat Mountain Vista and/or Heritage.”
— Ryan Ward