FREDERICK — Frederick High School’s list of interscholastic sports will grow in the fall.
The Warriors will offer boys and girls tennis. The total of sports available to students at the school grows to 17.
The coaches are Mark Allen (boys) and Chelsea Stuvel (girls). Both teach at the school, and she organized an after-school tennis club this spring.
“She had good numbers for an after-school club. At any one time, there were between 16 and 24 kids, so we’ll see,” said FHS athletic director Kris Keith. “It’s good that we have two, in-building people as coaches. We’re going to see what happens, do an evaluation and go from there.”
Frederick dabbled with the idea of adding a swim team recently, Keith said.
“We had the interest, so we said, ‘Let’s start a swim program,’ and the answer was, ‘We want to swim with Skyline,’” he said. “They knew the coach, the other people on the team. There wasn’t enough interest to field a team.”
Because the approval to field a tennis team came late in the school year, the boys team will play an abbreviated schedule in the fall. Five schools in the Tri Valley Conference — Skyline, University, Windsor, Erie and Frederick — offer boys tennis. Keith plans to schedule four league matches plus non-conference outings against Peak to Peak High School and the junior-varsity program at Brighton High School.
“We’re going to show the kids what’s up and what they have to do during the offseason. Some of our golfers don’t play competitively in the offseason, but they are going to have to,” Keith said. “We have the facility. Why not have a dance and see what we have.”
Keith is cautious.
“Downtown (the St. Vrain Valley School District) stepped up and funded us. Now let’s put it together and see,” Keith said. “If we have another competitive girls sport in the spring, do we lose soccer players to the tennis team? Do we lose track kids to the tennis team? Our student body will have to get off its collective back sides and get more involved.”
Keith said the preliminary interest in tennis didn’t include athletes playing other sports.
“None of the kids on the sign-up list were involved in another sport. If that’s the case, that’s perfect,” he said. “Last year (2013), we had three or four track kids who were playing soccer. We’ll have to justify how important participation will be. The kid may be more talented at one sport vs. another. But what about the kid who goes to practice every day?”
Practice begins Aug.4. Submit names of interested players to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If we attract enough kids, they become the recruiters,” Keith said. “In my house, the three rules were to work hard, hustle and have fun. If you can do those three, then the competition is a bonus. The kids are going to have to be willing to work. They have a lot to learn, and they’re going to have to bust their backsides to make it a fun experience.”
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