Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2000

Inexperience a common theme for ‘Cats, Jags

August 24, 2000

Jason Generally, hired last spring to be DeSoto High's next boys basketball coach, finds himself pulling double-duty this fall in an unfamiliar place: On the tennis court.

Generally claims to have little knowledge of the game, but the truly amazing thing is he has more experience than his Mill Valley counterpart. Amy Lowe was hired just days before the school year began and she is thrilled for the season to begin.

"This is going to be an exciting year for our team," she said. "We are starting brand new with a new record and new traditions. We want to set a good precedent for the program to build on for years to come."

Generally has the advantage of returning No. 1 singles player Lucy Rumsey, who finished fourth at the sub-state regional tournament last year and is expected to improve upon that while leading a youthful DeSoto squad.

"We have a great group of girls," Generally said of his squad, which returns three players from a year ago. "They show up to practice everyday with a great attitude and a tremendous desire to get better."

Mill Valley will be led by singles players Opal Sanders and Kristen Penner. Allison Burgen and Jamie Rowe will make up the top doubles squad, while there are several freshmen who have shown some skills in the early going.

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