Ryan Will

Northfield senior Ryan Will is back this year for the Raiders after he played the bulk of the team’s matches at No. 1 singles two years ago. (File Photo/southernminn.com)

With a roster consisting of more than 50% freshman, there’s bound to be some 2021 growing pains on a team-wide basis for the Northfield boys tennis squad.

Leading the Raiders are a quartet of seniors with varsity experience in Ryan Will, Grant Bouvin, Pascal Cogan and Isaac Guggisberg, while junior Oden Hoff has also accrued a number of varsity singles matches thus far.

Mostly, however, the Raiders will feature a number of players making their varsity, and sometimes high school tennis debuts.

“I want them to learn as much as they can, have a good time, respect their opponents and enjoy the sport for what it is,” Northfield coach Marty Johnson said. “It’s a lifelong sport and part of their overall well being and enjoyment of what this will have to offer.”

Some of those younger or more inexperienced players stepping into varsity include junior Tate Sand, who’s played at the junior varsity level, and freshmen Felix Hanifl, Blake Simon and Joseph Grant, all of whom Johnson and assistant coach Mark Welinski have coached at Northfield tennis summer camps in the past.

Also out for tennis for the first time this year is sophomore Soren Richardson, who while lacking in formal competitive experience joins a Northfield roster that’s growing with multi-sport athletes.

“That’s a strong point, the athleticism that we do have with the kids that came out,” Johnson said.

For the most part, Johnson said the goal this season is the further the growth and skill level of each player on the roster, and keep the younger players coming back out for the team in future years.

“We’ve had great practices and we’ve been fortunate with this great weather,” Johnson said. “If the season stays just like this, even though we know we’re going to have a lot of rain, it will be a great season.”

ROSTER

Grant Bouvin, senior

Pascal Cogan, senior

Isaac Guggisberg, senior

Ryan Will, senior

Anthony Amys Roe, junior

Oden Hoff, junior

Dade Holland, junior

Tate Sand, junior

Soren Richardson, sophomore

Leo Beckman, freshman

Urban Beckman, freshman

Sebastian Brunelle, freshman

Joseph Grant, freshman

Felix Hanifl, freshman

Jackson Hessian, freshman

Errol Lenzen, freshman

Quinn Lovick, freshman

Reuben Menk, freshman

Charles Rice, freshman

Henry Shuffleton, freshman

Blake Simon, freshman

Owen Vander Martin, freshman

2021 SCHEDULE

April 10 — at Lakeville North, Minneapolis Southwest, 9 a.m.

April 13 — at Farmington, 4 p.m.

April 15 — vs. Austin, 4:30 p.m.

April 17 — at Albert Lea, Richester Mayo, 9 a.m.

April 20 — at Mankato East, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 — vs. Mankato West, 4:30 p.m.

April 27 — at Owatonna, 4:30 p.m.

May 8 — vs. Faribault, Rochester Century, 9 a.m.

May 11 — at Red Wing, 4:30 p.m.

May 13 — vs. Rochester John Marshall, 4:30 p.m.

May 18 — at Winona, 4:30 p.m.

May 22 — Big 9 Conference tournament, 9 a.m., Rochester Tennis Center

Reach Regional Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106 or follow him on Twitter @APGSoMnHughes. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Sports Editor for the Northfield News. Also a California native looking for tips on surviving the winter and an Indiana University grad on the quest for a good breaded pork tenderloin.

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