WHEELING - Wheeling Central Catholic High School's tennis program welcomes back several seasoned and recognized players this year.
Returning for the girls' team are seniors Joanna Capito and Maricris Pangilinan. Other members of the team are sophomore Stephanie Fike and freshman Gabriella Kanters.
Joanna Capito qualified for the West Virginia State Tournament at the No. 1 Singles position and advanced to the state semifinals. Capito was named all-state for the third consecutive year. Her coach, Peggy Dailer, said, "She always plays with intensity and should present a tough matchup for every opponent."
Returning for the boys' team is senior Jonathan Haley, junior Billy Teufel and sophomore Gus Schmidt. Other members of the team are sophomores Eric Hasenauer and Dalton Delong and freshmen Georgio Alexander, Joey Main, Jacob Coughlin and Josh Yancosek.
The Wheeling Central boys' won the regional tournament and six players qualified for the state tournament. The Maroon Knights lost a few standout performers by way of graduation in Brett Szeligo, Daniel Lee and Ben Gordon from a season ago.
Jonathan Haley advanced to the state semifinals at the No. 2 Singles Position. Schmidt advanced to the semifinals at the No. 3 Singles position. Szeligo and Jonathon Haley advanced to the state quarterfinals at the No. 1 Doubles position. Schmidt and Lee advanced to the state semifinals match at the No. 2 Doubles position, as did Teufel and Ben Gordon at the No. 3 Doubles position.
"The Maroon Knights boys' team is looking forward to returning to the court with the goal of returning to Charleston to compete for state championships. The girls' team is looking forward to gaining experience and continued improvement throughout the season," Dailer said.
Dailer returns for her 24th year as the tennis coach for the Maroon Knights and Judy Mayles returns for her fifth season as her assistant.