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Tennis Longhorns are in rebuilding mode this 2016 season

By Tim Chambers

It’s likely you might find tennis coach Eric Crabtree wearing a yellow hard hat at practices. That’s because he’s facing a rebuilding season in addition to his tennis courts being rebuilt.
Crabtree will try and pull off a “Bob the Builder” feat and mold his young squad into a competitive team. But the second year coach knows it’s going to be an uphill battle.
“It’s a big challenge for us with all the construction going on and the delay,” said Crabtree. “We’re not complaining because we are glad to get the new facility. Progress sometimes impedes what you want to do at the moment, so we’re just making do with what we have and we’ll do the best that we can. We are definitely behind the eight ball.”
Not only have the Longhorns missed some valuable practices but Crabtree must replace more than half of his 2015 squad.
“We lost our top four girls to graduation and another one decided not to play,” said Crabtree. “We also lost our top three boys so it’s definitely going to be an interesting season.”
Ethan Carroll and Kris Artididello are the two top boy returners along with Patrick Southerland. Carroll and Artididello will play in the one and two spots. Southerland is likely to hold down the three or four slot.
Gracie May, Corey May and Ashtyn Henson return and will play in the top three girl seeds.  Caleigh Blair is likely to earn the four spot. It’s anyone’s guess after that according to Crabtree.
For the rest of the story pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.