The Dodge City High School boys tennis team will go through what coach Andrew Sever calls a "rebuilding year" in 2009.

    The Red Demons have only two returning starters, in juniors Alex Jenkner and Peter Neidhart, from last year's squad.


  The Dodge City High School boys tennis team will go through what coach Andrew Sever calls a "rebuilding year" in 2009.
    The Red Demons have only two returning starters, in juniors Alex Jenkner and Peter Neidhart, from last year's squad.
    With no seniors on this year's roster, the Demons will be a relatively inexperienced bunch to start the season. But Sever believes leadership and ability will not be lost on this year's team.
    "We have some good guys from [junior varsity] moving up and those two guys (Jenkner and Neidhart) have enough to tow the rest of the group," Sever said.
    Dodge opens the season by traveling to Pratt Tuesday to take on the Greenbacks in junior varsity competition. The varsity team will see it's first action Thursday.
    The Demons follow that with a visit to Western Atlantic Conference foe Great Bend High School April 4.
    Sever is looking forward to a tough contest with Liberal High School April 18, a team he says is the best in the area.
    The DCHS varsity does not play a home match until the Dodge City Invitational Thursday, April 23. It is the lone match in Dodge on the season for the varsity team.
    DCHS heads to Garden City April 25 to face the Buffaloes, another WAC foe that Sever said the Red Demons are heavily anticipating. Dodge tied GCHS in 2008.
    On April 30, the Demons face Hutchinson followed by the WAC tournament at Liberal May 4.
    Many players came in during the offseason to work on hitting, and Sever hopes the extra work will pay off in 2009.
    "A lot of those returning guys came over the summer and showed much improvement," Sever said.
Sever and the Demons hope to make a run to the postseason, which begin May 7 with regionals.

Reach Keith Jenkins at (620) 408-9909 or e-mail him at keith.jenkins@dodgeglobe.com.