SSHS tennis begins workouts Monday

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 1, 2007 - Football and volleyball won't be the only sports staring up at Sulphur Springs High School next week.

Tennis players will also get in the swing of things on Monday.

Players who were on the JV and varsity teams last year at SSHS are asked to report at 8 a.m. Monday at the George Fox Tennis Complex to prepare for the team tennis season.

The first thing the Wildcats will do is meet new head coach James Lovett, who was head coach at Leakey last year after spending years as an assistant at Laredo United.

Lovett said practices will last until 10:30 or 11 a.m. each day this week as he gets familiarized with players off last year's team. Incoming freshmen are asked to report the following Monday.

"That way, I have about four or five days to work with these kids to see what the nucleus of the team was from last year," Lovett said. "I can work with that and then plug in with freshmen if I need to."

He asked that players bring their physical examination forms, UIL participation forms and any other paperwork on the first day.

Lovett takes over for Susan Reynolds, who led the Wildcats to the regional team tennis tournament two of her three years as head coach. He will be teaching two tennis classes at the middle school as well as coaching high school tennis and teaching a pair of PE classes.

Lovett is one of several new coaches at the high school and middle school. Klint King and Bruce Silman were added to the varsity football staff, Kurt McCain and Mike Rave were hired on the freshman football staff, Rachel Curtis takes over as new head volleyball coach, her husband Braughn Curtis is the head boys basketball coach, while Ross Funk takes over boys golf.

At the middle school, Kenneth Jaggers was hired to run the girls basketball program, but has since been offered a head varsity coaching job in the metroplex, so that position is up in the air. Seth Parker was hired as a middle school boys coach.

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