2013–Community Invited to Oconomowoc Tennis Center Pavilion Dedication on Sept. 13

Activities set for celebration of the new pavilion’s dedication Friday, Nov. 13 will be a busy night for Cooney sports fans. In addition to the varsity football game against West Bend East, set for 7 p.m., the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club is hosting its annual tailgate party (see separate article). Also planned is a dedication ceremony for the new tennis pavilion, built this summer as part of Match Point Commons, the tennis component of Athletic Fields Forever, the Booster Club’s $3.9 million fund-raising campaign for expanding and renovating the outdoor athletic facilities and fields at the high school. The pavilion, which features public restrooms, a covered shelter area, and a concession stand, helps make the combined Oconomowoc Tennis Center one of the finest such facilities in the Midwest. Earlier this summer the facilities 10 courts were resurfaced and painted. The pavilion is located just west of the tennis courts. Making the pavilion possible was a fund-raising effort spearheaded by the local tennis community. Activities associated with the dedication kick off at 5 p.m. with a pro-am tennis exhibition that matches local amateurs with area professionals. The dedication, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, starts at 6 p.m. From 6:30 to game time or perhaps later, the courts will be open for public tennis play. This final activity is a Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Free Play event. Match Point Commons has raised more than $200,000 to date with a goal of $234,000. Pledges and gifts toward that goal are encouraged. For more information on how you can participate, visit the AFF donation page on the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club...

OHS Girls Tennis Team Sweeps Six Matches at Janesville Craig Cougar Invite

Adler, Kneiser, Tremaine, and Ikeda lead singles competition; Swift and Sabel score at No. 1 doubles By Suellyn Schelleper-Rohrer OHS Tennis Coach Six was the winning number for the Oconomowoc varsity girls tennis team at the Janesville Craig Varsity Cougar Invitational over the weekend as OHS went undefeated. Friday the team posted two 7-0 victories against Janesville Craig and Fort Atkinson followed by a squeaky 4-3 win over Burlington.  Saturday, Jefferson and Milton fell victims at 6-1 and Kenosha St Joe’s at 5-2.  The team felt confident right from the opening match showing good decision making, patient play, and appropriate shot selections.  Preparing the team for stronger competition in the weeks ahead by experiencing early wins helps players learn to believe in themselves as athletes and trust in their training. Audrey Adler, the number one player on the team, led her teammates with a 5-1 record at number one singles.  As a three-sport varsity athlete, Audrey brings a high level of physical training and athleticism into her tennis game. She has a tenacious expectation to execute skills while developing, point construction patience and placement.  Also having singles success in Janesville were juniors Emily Kneiser (in file photo above left), Heidi Tremaine. and Yukiko Ikeda; two, three, and four respectively.  Their combined record was 16-2.   As coaches it is nice to have depth with young players.  Each of these athletes is dedicated to improving not only the tennis skills necessary for success but the point strategy needed to defeat the various styles of play their opponents bring to the court. Jaclyn Swift, senior at one doubles, along with her new...

PHOTOS: First Look at 2013 Girls Tennis Team

The 2013 OHS girls varsity tennis team is preparing for the upcoming Wisconsin Little Ten conference schedule. Last week the team competed in an exhibition match at Watertown. Oconomowoc Today photographer Malcolm McIntyre was able to catch some of the girls in action. Clicking on one of the thumbnail image below launches a self-directed slide show featuring larger versions of each image. You can freely share, download, or print the photos for personal use. Commercial use is strictly prohibited.    ...

OHS Girls Second In Home-Opener Tennis Quad

Six returning letterwinners and four newcomers lead team By Suellyn Schelleper-Rohrer OHS Tennis Coach The 2013 Oconomowoc girls tennis team, under the senior leadership of co-captains Audrey Adler and Jaclyn Swift, finished second to Wauwatosa West Saturday at their opening home quad. Fond du Lac and Pewaukee finished third and fourth respectively. Junior Heidi Tremaine, playing No. 3 singles, went undefeated for the day at 3-0. Tremaine is pictured right in photo from an exhibition match last week at Watertown. The highlight for Heidi was defeating West’s senior Laura Carlson, a perennial WIAA sectional qualifier, 6-4, 6-2. Heidi is showing the ability to play a patient and consistent ground stroke game and developing the courage to attack the midcourt transitional ball to move to the net for the volley put away. Teammates in the singles line up are Audrey Adler, at No. 1, Emily Kneiser; junior at No. 3, and Yukiko Ikeda, junior at No. 4 sharing this spot with Jana Wilkens. Audrey had an early season opportunity to play two WIAA state individual singles qualifiers Saturday to help her better prepare for her season goal to qualify for state competition this year. Fond du Lac’s Nicole Feltz won 6-0, 7-6 and West’s Nicole Meylor won 7-6, 6-2. Emily Kneiser moved up from the No. 4 spot last year went 2-1 for the day which is a great start. Yukiko Ikeda went 1-1 on the day as Jana Wilkens; a new OHS German exchange student went 1-0. Co-captain Jaclyn Swift, a state qualifier in doubles last year with Lindsay Holsen, who presently is an AFS student studying in Argentina, has teamed...