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Boys tennis teams prepare for new season

West Fargo junior Ben Sikorski returns a serve at a recent practice. Clay Cunningham / The Pioneer1 / 4
West Fargo junior Rishab Advani takes part in a recent preseason Packer practice. Clay Cunningham/The Pioneer.2 / 4
Sheyenne senior Kyle Toy warms up before a Mustang practice on Aug. 22. Clay Cunningham / The Pioneer3 / 4
West Fargo Sheyenne's Kamden Bear returns a serve in a practice at the high school last Wednesday. Baer is one of six seniors on a veteran Mustang roster. Clay Cunningham / The Pioneer.4 / 4

Mustangs

Coach: Chad Anderson (4th season)

Last season: 5th in Eastern Dakota Conference

Who's gone: Dylan Gagner

Key returners: Kamden Baer Sr., Cameron Cook Sr., Kyle Toy Sr., Tanner Hansen Sr., Jonah Stevenson Jr., Mason Urlacher Jr., Trey Dew Sr., Kamden Coles So., Ethan Raan 8th.

Coach's comments: "I'm really looking forward to the start of this season. For the first time in Sheyenne's tennis history we will have six seniors on the team playing at varsity level. With the leadership and maturity of the older players and the energy of the young ones this should be a fun tennis season. I'm hoping this year that Sheyenne could finish in the top third of our conference."

Packers

Coach: Matthew Tucholke (1st year)

Last season: Did not place at Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament

Who's gone: Joe Beske, Pad Kavasseri, Sohum Mallik

Key returners: Het Mehta Sr., Rishab Advani Jr., Ben Sikorski Jr.

Coach's comments: "We are looking to continue our growth this year. We have a young team, and these young men have been working hard in the offseason to improve. Our players are excited to step up to fill the spots left by last year's seniors and to contribute for a few years."

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