2018 Area High School Girls Tennis Preview

The 2018 fall sports season will get underway for area teams with competition beginning on Thursday for girls tennis squads.

The Osborne varsity opens their season at the Trego Round Robin in WaKeeney at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon.  The Bulldogs will be a bit of an unknown this season, as they lost their two singles players to graduation a year ago. Savannah Noel, who placed 10th and Olivia Engler were both state qualifiers a season ago.  The Lady Dogs have five players out this season.  Juniors Taylor Hahn and Jerica Nopens will start the season at #1 Doubles with Sophomores Trinity Holloway and Shelby Wherry teaming up at #2 Doubles.  Freshman Blair Wolters will start at #2 Singles for Osborne.

Also, the Beloit Trojans tennis team will start competition on Thursday as well. They will go to a JV meet at Ellsworth at 3:00, but some varsity players will compete as it is a high level JV with as high as 5A schools competing.  The first official varsity matches for Beloit will take place at Phillipsburg next Tuesday, August 28th. Beloit head coach Darrell Kelley is pretty excited about the group he has this season. In all, 13 girls are out for the Lady Trojans, including two seniors in Shaelyn Nick and Alisyn Bowers.  Kelley is still working on forming his varsity and junior varsity teams and he offered his thoughts on what he feels is a well-rounded team.

For our full interview with Darrell Kelley, check out our Sports Ticket podcast on kdcountry94.com.

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Dusty Deines
A lifelong Kansan, Dusty grew up in WaKeeney, KS and knew by the 7th grade that he wanted to do play-by-play broadcasting. After graduating from Trego Community High School in 2001 and obtaining a Radio Broadcasting degree from Colby Community College in 2003, he began working as the Sports Director at KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 "The Lake". In 16 years of broadcasting high school sports in Kansas, Dusty has called nearly 1,300 games, including 25 KSHSAA State Championship games or matches. He was also named the 2017 KSHSAA Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year and has won multiple Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards. When he's not traveling all over the state covering high school sports, Dusty enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also advocates for many people fighting neuromuscular diseases, including Dermatomyositis, of which Dusty was diagnosed with in January of 2015.