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Germantown boys tennis coach Jeff Stodola has led the Warhawks for seven successful seasons, including a new level of competitiveness in the area and state.

It even included a state doubles runner-up finish from Ben Wait and Stodola's son, Eric, in 2014.

This year will be his eighth and final campaign, and he will again field a competitive team that includes a solid mix of experience and new blood. They have an overall dual record of 5-4 entering the week.

"While most of the players worked to improve their skills in the offseason, there are several opportunities to improve both strategically and technically," said coach Stodola. "Daily progress is being seen and they will continue to improve. Beginning with the end in mind, the goal is to work toward peaking at the right time of the season as conference tournaments and (WIAA) playoffs come into sight. Practice time is important and the goal is to leave practice better than we started. "

Senior Jake Coulthurst is the captain and will play first singles. Other singles players include senior Ryan Kraus (new to the roster), junior Evan Baeckman (returnee) and junior Kyle Komorowski (new to the roster).

Doubles tandems include the veteran pairings of juniors Ryan Sobczak and John Loftus and juniors Reid Pohland and John Weber and the newcomer duo of junior Nick Ubert and sophomore Christian Ranicke.

Germantown graduated the state qualifying doubles team of Justin Luo and Xander Rait.

The Warhawks dropped a 7-0 North Shore Conference decision to defending league champ Nicolet on April 11. Tournament wins have included victories over Whitewater (7-0), Oconomowoc (5-2), Rufus King (7-0), Muskego (5-2) and Pius XI (6-1). Tourney losses have included Madison West (7-0), Pewaukee (5-2) and Whitnall (6-1).

"We have also participated in two weekend tournaments thus far and observations/results provided good information to the coaching staff on where the focus is needed to continue to improve and have players in positions that provide the team with the greatest chance of success as a team and individually," said Coach Stodola. "Overall, it's a good group of young men and a privilege to coach them."

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