Inexperience a factor for North boys tennis squad

With only one senior and little experience on the roster this spring, the North High School boys tennis team is likely to struggle. Head coach Jerry Diebel isn’t worried so much about wins and losses as he is about the psyche of his players.

“We will struggle this year as so many of our players have little or no varsity experience,” said Deibel. “The key will be how we handle this experience so it will help us improve and not simply discourage us.”

Selam Bekele is expected to be the only senior in the varsity lineup this spring. He is a three-time tennis letterwinner and is joined by sophomores Keith Vruno and Spencer York as the Polars with previous varsity experience.

Diebel, who is in his 12th season coaching tennis at North, said newcomers who should compete for spots in the varsity lineup include junior Abdallah Battah and sophomores Garrett Xiong, Jacob Her, Jacob Ozel and Trevor Hartman.

“We will be very young and inexperienced,” Diebel said. “The goal is to take advantage of the opportunity this season provides in playing better competition and then working hard this summer to be better when we start the season next year.”

North opens the season with three matches this week; it started on April 5 at Hill-Murray after the deadline for this edition of the Review. The Polars then visit former conference-foe Richfield on April 6 and host Mahtomedi on April 7.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2016 Tartan High School softball schedule

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at Hill-Murray

at Richfield

vs. Mahtomedi

at Park-Cottage Grove

vs. Tartan

at St. Paul Highland Park

vs. St. Paul Johnson

at Stillwater invitational

vs. Hastings

at. South St. Paul

vs. Henry Sibley

at St. Paul Como Park

at St. Thomas Academy

at Simley

at St. Paul Washington

at Coon Rapids

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