The Leavenworth tennis season came to an end two weeks ago at regionals.
Despite the year ending without a state qualifier, tennis coach Shad Langfoss said the 2019 season was great.
“It was a great season with some losses and wins,” Langfoss said. “With of course the best of them being the boys winning the United Kansas Conference trophy.”
The UKC title was Langfoss’ favorite memory of the year. He also said he would not change anything about the year.
Even with the losses at regionals, Langfoss said the team’s best performance came in the final meet of the season.
“Even though everyone lost their first match, I would have to say at regionals,” Langfoss said. “The singles players, Brett Chapman and Nathan Hebert, played the best tennis I have seen them both play all year long. That is also true for the doubles teams (Ethan Robinette and Isaiah Casmus) at regionals.”
Herbert’s performance was also the best individual performance this season, according to the coach.
“(Herbert) lost 6-1, 6-0,” Langfoss said. “But he hung in there the entire match and had some great points. Unfortunately his opponent was just better than Nathan and was able to survive the point.”
The Pioneers will say goodbye to five seniors after this year. Langfoss said the impact the five seniors will leave behind is “huge.”
“There are five seniors leaving,” Langfoss said. “And about that many varsity spots to fill for next year. I said at our end of year banquet that we will have some varsity players to take their spot and those players will get an athletic letter, but I want the UKC trophy again so they will have to go out and play in the offseason as much as possible to achieve that goal.”
One of the graduating seniors is Isaiah Casmus, who Langfoss said was the team’s MVP this year. The coach said Casmus is a “great leader” and was a “clutch player” when it came down to the end of matches.
The players that Langfoss said improved the most were two JV players.
“I would have to say a couple of JV players really improved the most from the first day picking up a racquet to playing in our JV league tournament,” he said. “Those players are Luis Garza and Spencer Atwood. They were not afraid to go after the ball and play aggressive toward the end of the season.”
The two will be some of the players fighting for the open varsity spots along with George Humble and Phillippe Fall. The team will also return varsity players Chapman and Hebert.