WHEELING - There are two new faces guiding the Wheeling Park tennis programs this spring. But to hear the coaches tell it, success should still be in the cards for the Patriots.
Rhea Rodgers is the new girls' coach, but she is a familiar face for Park fans.
Rodgers is a 1981 graduate of the school where she played tennis for three years. She went on to play at what was then West Liberty State College. Later, she returned to her alma mater for a three-year stint as coach.
Four seniors and four juniors comprise the veteran-laden Patriots.
Seniors are: Carly Arensburg, Ciana Cassi, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Megan Randolph.
Emily Capehart, Carly DiCola, Lexie Patterson and McKenzie Rodgers are the juniors.
While the season is young, Rodgers has set her lineup.
Patterson will play at No. 1 Singles, while Capehart, McKenzie Rodgers and Randolph will round out the Singles lineup.
Patterson and Capehart will again make up the No. 1 Doubles duo, with McKenzie Rodgers and Randolph the No. 2 tandem. Arensburg and Cassi will team at No. 3 Doubles.
Fitzpatrick and DiCola are ready to get their time on the court, as well, Rhea Rodgers said.
While Rhea Rodgers is familiar with the Patriots tennis tradition, first-year boys' coach Tim Ickes is getting his first taste of it.
A native of Wooster, Ohio, Ickes teaches physical education and health at Wheeling Park. He also coaches football.
The West Liberty University graduate has nine netters on the squad, including six juniors.
Rishi Chadrasekhar is the team's lone senior.
Juniors are: Craig Baranski, Aauran Chadrasekhar, Austin Evans, Shaun Hunley, Zach Marra and Luke Mason.
Malcolm Galberth is a sophomore, while Oliver Marra is the squad's lone freshman.