The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


August 24, 2013

2013 Area Girls Tennis Preview:



A few Dragons are taking their sport very seriously and it seems to be contagious.

“Four of my girls have been taking private lessons or group lessons or both since the first of the year. Two of them have been playing competitively all summer. They are all seniors and two know that they plan on being successful. I believe in them! This attitude, work ethic, and belief will be, is, a springboard for the rest of the team.”

It helps that they are also experienced as coach Bob Walters lost just one letterwinner off last year’s team — and she was a foreign-exchange student.

Back as letterwinners are seniors Katie Allen, Leah Brady, Sarah George, Kayla Johnston and Courtney Smith and junior Ashley Gran.

Juniors Gabby Novak, Megan Schiff and Sophia Tannish and freshmen Jesse Hanhilammi and Reis Kitinoja fill out the team.

Geneva remains a favorite for the PAC title, but will have a few teams hot on its heels.

“Geneva probably will be the favorite,” Walters said “In spite of the fact that they lost their second singles, first double, and their second double. They always seem to be able to reload.  

“Chardon defeated us twice last year. They still have their first singles, third singles, and first doubles coming back. Do not count us out!”

Not reporting

The following schools did not return information sheets sent to them in July:

Conneaut, Edgewood, Madison and Perry.

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula. Reach him at

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