SPRINGVILLE — With spring sports starting up, Springville-Griffith Institute’s varsity boys tennis team has practices underway, and is getting set for their season. Coach Frank Noeson has brought a few new players to the team this year, all of whom said they are are excited for the opportunity.
Francis Schichtel is getting ready for his first year on the boys varsity tennis team. “I’ve always wanted to do tennis and I heard from my friend, Keri Frank, that Mr. Noeson was looking for players, so I took the opportunity,” he said. “Practices are going very well. Mr. Noeson is very patient while teaching the new people. The entire team is really nice and we’re getting extremely close. I’m excited to spend the rest of the season with them.” Schichtel added.
“I’ve never actually played tennis other than for fun, so I hope I can actually learn how to play and do well, this season.”
Frank has been involved in Springville’s tennis program for four years. “This season, I’m only practicing with the boys team, to improve my own playing and possibly playing exhibition, if there is an odd number of players, but on the upcoming girls season, I hope to keep pace as second singles or move up to first and improve my record,” she explained. “Of course, I also enjoy helping all of the other girls on my team, as well as the boys, improve their skills and make new friends.”
Frank also described how Noeson has impacted the team, throughout the years. “In my opinion, coach Noeson is the best coach I’ve had, in any sport. He is very encouraging and is able to help us understand what we can do to fix our playing. He also makes sure that we know that our priorities are family, then school, then tennis, which I personally agree with completely. He is the second coach I’ve had on the S-GI varsity tennis team and I believe that. Since he has started coaching me, I have vastly improved.”
Mark Doud is entering his third year playing on the tennis team. “I’m excited to play on our new courts and I would like to win many matches and I’m looking forward to the tough ones,” Doud said, of his hopes for the season.
“I’ve known my coach since I was in third grade and he is a great teacher and coach. The team is a very young team but has great potential and they will do well in a few years, when they are older.” In regard to the potential for being named captain, Doud noted, “It means a lot to me. It makes me want to work harder in practice and help lead as example, during drills.”
The boys tennis team’s first match is April 2, at East Aurora. The first home match is April 3.