Cedar Shoals Boys Tennis

April 1st, 2015 | By Marjie No Comments


The Cedar Shoals High School boys’ tennis team defines the concept of T-E-A-M. According to their coach, James Blose, The CSHS team is “young, but learning tennis strategies fast and playing competitively.” With no seniors on the team this year, Coach Blose is working with an inexperienced but rapidly improving team.

Coach Blose admits that students are pulled in many directions. “We have players involved in band, academic team, swimming, football, and cross country.  There is no doubt in my mind that we can all learn and benefit from any situation in life. The challenge is to find balance. Tennis (and other activities) requires a tremendous amount of focused skills practice and study to be successful at the high school level. I encourage their participation in diverse groups and interests; I just want to help student-athletes learn how to balance their activities and align them with their goals.”

The CSHS players have high individual goals, but they also recognize the importance of team unity and team improvement.  They have set up some events outside of normal practice times to create stronger connections, and they spend time teaching essential skills/knowledge to new players.  This allows the team and the coaches to have more effective and efficient practices.

The players will say that they like tennis for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s fun! The boys enjoy seeing gains from their practice times and spending time with each other. The coach enjoys the opportunity to mentor and engage the youth of our community. (Coach Blose also teaches science at CSHS.)

As we watch the CSHS team this year, we are sure we’ll see them having fun, improving as players, and serving as role models for the students coming up in the ranks for future teams!

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