Cheyenne Central Indians

Cheyenne Central

Coach: Karen Clark

Girls in 2018: State champions

Boys in 2018: State co-champions

About the Indians: Both Central rosters turned over quite a bit. Challenge matches also shook things up. Eli Norgauer, who played No. 1 doubles last season, will play No. 1 singles this fall. Ben Bush, who took third at No. 2 doubles last fall, will play No. 2 singles. Ryan Stampfli was the state runner-up at No. 2 singles a year ago; he will play No. 1 doubles. After that, the Indians lineup is undetermined. “We’re still doing challenge matches because all of the kids are that close, and the competition is that good,” Clark said. … Emily Needham is moving up to No. 1 singles after winning the No. 2 singles state championship last season. Kaitlyn Smedley and Sarah Foster teamed up to win the No. 2 doubles title. Smedley is moving to No. 2 singles, while Foster will be at No. 1 doubles.

Cheyenne East

Coach: Roger Zwonitzer

Girls in 2018: Ninth at state

Boys in 2018: Tied for 11th at state

About the Thunderbirds: East returns its entire girls team from last season. “I have seen some pretty significant improvement from all of them,” Zwonitzer said. “We are going to have to juggle our lineup because we have more players than we have spots. They’re all pretty close and pretty competitive, so we want to get varsity time for all of them.” … Lexie Woolridge (No. 1 singles) and Grace Regeski (No. 2 singles) both advanced to the consolation semifinals of last year’s state tournament. … The East boys have the bulk of their lineup returning. … Mason Paskett reached the consolation semis in No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Nolan Gerdes and Grant Redman won a pair of matches before bowing out.

Cheyenne South

Coach: Josh Cossitt

Girls in 2018: Tied for 16th at state

Boys in 2018: Seventh at state

About the Bison: Senior Brendan Lock has won the past two No. 1 singles state championships. He rides a 37-match winning streak into this season. … The South boys six of eight varsity players from last season. “We’re going to be as competitive as anyone,” Cossitt said. “If we can get the kids taking care of business, we’ll be in the mix.” … For the first time in his tenure at South, Cossitt doesn’t have enough court space for all of his players. More than 25 showed up during the first week of practice. That’s a good problem to have, as Cossitt expects to field a full girls team by season’s end. “Having this many players is great, because there were years where it was just me and two kids out here at practice,” Cossitt said.

– Jeremiah Johnke, WyoSports

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