George brothers anchor Knight tennis team

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By Doug Thomas

Brothers William and Joseph George will play pivotal roles for the Marion County boys' tennis team as it begins its spring season.

Senior William George returns as the top player on the team and is poised for a run at the state tournament this year.

"He's a powerful player, but I think his best quality on the tennis court is his self-motivation," first-year coach Beverly Thomas said. "He works really hard at improving and he plays to win."

His brother, Joseph George, has picked up his game in this early season, locking up the number two spot in the lineup.

"Joseph is starting to challenge William more and that's good for both players," Thomas said. "Joseph's strength on the court is his backhand. He's a competitor just like his brother."

Joining the two Georges will be Trey Hamilton, Max Manning, Alex Mayo and Keisuko Oturki.

"We know who are top two singles players are right now, but now we've got to find that third singles player and work out our doubles teams," Thomas said.

The first year coach is implementing a challenge system for her players to compete for those final spots in the everyday lineup.

Thomas is impressed with the upcoming talent of her youngsters.

"We've seemed to have a great deal of energy and interest with the program right now," she said. "We need to get the program to where we don't fall off from year to year. In the past, we'd have a good team and then turn around and not have anybody."

Rounding out the varsity team includes Josh Cook, Jordan Culver, Curt Dulmage and Daniel Das.

Middle school players Scott Humphress, Noah Swencki and Jacob Burdette have each show promise in the early going.

"We've had some of our players show some dedication by going to Louisville to play indoors before the season started," Thomas said. "These players were not rusty once our team practice started so I think that really paid off for them."

The season begins against Elizabethtown, a team that has been reluctant to play against Marion County over the years.

"I think it shows that our program has really improved for them to travel here to play against us. We've improved and they've taken notice," Thomas said.