Terry Woodward may have to use several different approaches as he coaches Shawnee’s tennis squads in the 2011 season.


Terry Woodward may have to use several different approaches as he coaches Shawnee’s tennis squads in the 2011 season.
Shawnee’s girls face wholesale changes after losing five of their top six players to graduation.
The only returner from the 2010 starters’ list is senior Taylor Haddad. Haddad, last year’s No. 2 singles entrant, will open the season at No. 1 singles.
“Taylor will be one of the top eight No. 1 singles players in 5A for sure,” Woodward said. “She has more of an all-around game this year. She has developed more shot variety. I am looking for her to have a solid year.”
Haddad is replacing Bailey Calder, who was fifth in the state last spring at No. 1 singles. Haddad placed eighth at No. 2 singles.
Senior Kristen Clingan, Shawnee’s seventh player in 2010, will man the No. 2 singles slot today as Shawnee opens the season at the Ardmore Tournament.
Sophomores Meg Reeder and Meagan Henson will launch the year at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles today, sophomore Cassidy Goode will be joined by freshman Emily Stobbe. Another freshman, McKenzie Lumry, senior Vanessa Alexander and junior Sabrina Talton are also vying for spots in the lineup.
“We have a lot of young girls who are going to be good players,” Woodward said. “But we will take some early beatings with our youth. They have been getting better.”
SHS Boys
Graduation didn’t have the same smothering effect on Shawnee’s boys.
Gone is Kenton McGalliard, who spent much of last season at No. 1 singles before moving over to No. 1 doubles at regionals.
Also lost was Amar Chandra, who teamed with now senior Thomas Whitmore at No. 2 doubles.
Bryce Jones, who was Shawnee’s no. 1 singles entrant at regionals, will again have that distinction entering his senior campaign.
“Bryce has really improved,” Woodward said. “We may also play him at doubles. He has really picked up his game.”
Junior Anthony Davis gets the nod at No. 2 singles. “Anthony covers the court really well,” Woodward said. “He has a big forehand and serve.”
Davis teamed with McGalliard at No. 1 doubles at regionals.
Manning the No. 1 doubles slot will likely be Whitmore and sophomore Garrett Hadley.
Freshman Nick Birchett and sophomore Chase Gossett will be No. 2 doubles partners. Chris Williamson and Dalton Stewart could also see action at No. 2 doubles.
“We will give all of them the opportunity to play early before we decide on our lineup,” Woodward said. “Nothing is etched in stone. The top four or five boys are pretty close, pretty interchangeable.
“Our boys are pretty solid one through five. We are trying to find that sixth player. We will do a lot of mixing and matching trying to find the right lineups, both girls and boys.”
Note: For a look at the Shawnee roster and schedule, see the Scoreboard.