Boys Tennis Senior Night

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It was September 14, 2017, and it was our Knight’s Boys Tennis Senior Night. This night is dedicated to the seniors with many festivities. This year’s amazing seniors were Nathaniel Klayer and Kyle Swensen. Both boys  have really supportive families, and they were extremely proud and excited of their senior athletes.  Their families also had beautifully individual poster boards put up with pictures of the boys throughout their whole lifetime.  Before the matches, the two seniors walked with their parents as they were recognized for their dedication.  The team played their matches with East Central, then began the real fun. They celebrated the night with pizza, followed by a few hours of playing in the dark while jamming to music.

Head Coach Matt Lyon had high praise for both senior team members.  About Kyle Swensen he said, “It’s been really neat to watch him grow and improve as a player. I’ve watched him play all four years, and he has just gotten better. He has fought off his demons and worked hard things he had to get better at. This year he really just got to focus on some of his loose issues.” He was equally impressed with Nate, stating,“This is his first year, and I’ve just been really impressed on his ability to adapt to the sport so quickly. I’ve also been impressed with his attitude. When you start a new sport as a senior you’re going to take some losses to kids that have been playing the sport for years now. He has been really great on just focusing on what he needs to improve on instead of worrying about losses.”

Kyle was excited to finish strong after four years on the team, but he will miss the fun times he has had at SD.  He explained, “I’m going to miss playing tennis. I will also miss welding at the career center with my friend Nick Pickett. I consider him like family. The same goes to Nelson Montgomery. I’m going to miss seeing all my friends I see everyday right now not as much after we all graduate. ”

Nathan was also pleased with his experience this year on the team,
“It’s going better then I thought it would. With this being my first year, I had to learn quick. Being an athlete in other sports such as basketball where the position of your feet is a focal point made the transition to tennis straightforward.”

In the end, it was a fun night of competition, music, food, family, and good sportsmanship.


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Boys Tennis Senior Night