High schools in Fort Collins had varied success on the tennis court last season, but no team ran away as a local favorite; however one school just outside the city limits did do its best to establish itself as the area's best.
Windsor, led by coach Scott Talbot, won the Tri-Valley Conference in 2011 and returns nearly all of its championship roster this fall. The Wizards are hosting a dual scrimmage Saturday against Poudre, Fort Collins and Silver Creek in preparation to build on the best season in school history.
Today, The Coloradoan continues its fall sports season previews with boys tennis.
* Coach: Scott Talbot
* Season: Third
* Last year: Tri-Valley Conference champions.
* Key players: Mark Gueswell, sr.; Clayton Jarboe, sr.; Stephen Wheeler, jr.; Cole Tomberlin, jr.; Matt Thiemann, jr.; Bailey Smith, jr.; Patrick Fischer, jr.
* Noteable: Returning eight of 11 varsity players from last season. ... 2011 was first boys tennis conference championship in school history. ... Seven players have a minimum of two years varsity experience.
* The lingo: "I am excited to see what this team has in them. We proved last year that we can win a conference championship. This year our goal is to send a number of players to the state tournament in Pueblo. Our schedule this season will certainly test the players, but should better prepare them for the high caliber play at the Region 4 tournament in Greeley."
-- Scott Talbot
Windsor tennis coach
* Coach: Judy Schultz
* Season: First
* Last year: Two returning players made state tournament.
* Key players: Tanner Trace, sr.; Grant Johnson, sr.; Lucas Smith, so.
* Noteable: Solid Team with depth. ... No-cut program with 50+ players. ... Has had a revolving door of coaches past few years. ... Schultz and her husband, Steve Schultz, co-coach team.
* The lingo: "We believe in a no-cut system. We believe in tennis as a life-long sport, no matter what level your kids are. There's a good group of kids we have here, from top to bottom, and we want players to be able to carry on tennis for the rest of their lives."
-- Judy Schultz
Fossil Ridge tennis coach
* Coach: Bruce Malloy
* Season: Fifth
* Last year: Third in Front Range League.
* Key players: Taylor Landstrom, sr.; Luke Lorenz, sr.; Jason Krbec, jr.; Jason McCrary, jr.; David Willard, jr.
* Noteable: Sent nine of 11 players to state last season. ... Returns six varsity players. ... Considered a "rebuilding" year, but coach is optimistic. ...
* The lingo: "Rocky tennis players are good athletes and competitors, but more importantly, good students. My coaches and I are looking forward to an interesting season and we hope to surprise many teams."
-- Bruce Malloy
Rocky Mountain tennis coach
* Coach: Ed Kalin
* Season: Third
* Last year: Seventh in Front Range League.
* Key players: Adam Berry, sr; Eric Bleem, sr.; Tony Steinle, jr.; TJ Ascough, jr.; Ben Koch, jr.; CJ Moddelmog, so.; Connor Shore, so.; Suraj Renganathan, so.; Michell Carlson, fr.
* Noteable: Increased competition for both singles and doubles during the offseason, which should improve depth. ... Varsity and JV worked had over the summer to improve skill and experience. ... Returns eight players that qualified for state last year.
* The lingo: "I expect that all our singles positions will again be solid. We have a very tough schedule with the Front Range League probably being the strongest conference in the state from top to bottom. We look forward to the challenge and our student-athletes are anxious to start the season."
-- Ed Kalin
Fort Collins tennis coach
* Coach: Jason Malone
* Season: Eighth
* Last year: Eighth in Front Range League.
* Key players: Jonas David, sr.; Jared Powers, sr.; Tate Hoeven, sr.
* Noteable: Started last year strong with three wins over Horizon, Greeley West and Mountain Range. ... Returns top doubles players from last year. ... First match is Tuesday, hosting Boulder.