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Ripley Middle School tennis completes season

Mark Martin
Sportswriter
Pictured kneeling from left to right are: Jeremiah Franklin, Gabe Wilkes, Jackson Moore, Everett Kish, Ichiro Ng, Zander Bottini, Gabe Talbert,  and Jack Vaughn. Standing: Assistant coach Jenny Scholl, Maura DeViese , Lily Gorrell, Audra Gorrell, Jenna Wyer, Caroline Fisher, Bella Johnson, and head coach Steve Hunt

Several players decided to come out for Ripley Middle School tennis in 2020.

And in the end, it turned out to help form a very solid season and something to look forward to down the road.

“The team had a very good year and showed tremendous improvement,” said head coach Steve Hunt. “I only returned four players from last year, so it was great to have the number of players that came out to play this year.”

Due to COVID-19 situations, Ripley was able to play just nine matches in 2020. Most of those matches had to be scheduled on a week-to-week basis.

Despite the limited amount of competition, Hunt said the players were a joy to work with this fall.

“They had a great attitude and showed up to practice wanting to learn and improve,” said Hunt, a 1979 Ripley High School graduate.

The girls' team consisted of eighth-graders Maura DeViese and Lilly Gainer. Bella Johnson was the lone seventh-grader. Sixth graders were Audra Gorrell, Caroline Fisher, and Jenna Wyer.

The boys' team had five eighth-graders in Jeremiah Franklin, Zander Bottini, Jack Vaughan, and Gabe Talbott. The only seventh-grader was Gabe Wilkes. Sixth graders were Everette Kish, Jackson Moore, and Ichiro Ng.

“Maura DeViese had an exceptional year only losing one singles match and one match in doubles with her partner Lily Gorrell,” Hunt said. “This was a very good group of sixth-graders and along with the seventh graders returning they have a very good future ahead of them."