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Strong work ethic key to Laker boys' tennis

Laker Jesse Meyer returns a shot during a match last season at the DLHS tennis courts. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Junior captain Jake Hartman returns to the 2009 boy's tennis team as the most experienced member. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

Sports are introduced to kids as fun and for coach Jim Hinson his Detroit Lakes' boys' tennis team still has that mentality.

The Lakers are coming off of a season in which they lost 10 seniors, but for Hinson, the team can overcome those losses.

"We have 12 guys who have never played organized tennis and they don't know how hard the varsity competition is," Hinson said. "They all have a great attitude, though, and a strong work ethic."

The Lakers do return five letter winners from last season, with junior captain Jake Hartman being the most experienced.

Hartman's fellow captain is junior CJ Hanson.

"Those guys are hard workers who everyone likes and respects," said Hinson. "They have already made an impact with their leadership on this team by bringing new guys into the program and helping develop their game."

Newcomer Tanner Duncan is one who Hartman has brought into the program and spent time teaching the game to.

"Tanner (Duncan) has been a pleasant surprise," Hinson said. "He has a nice ground stroke and seems to have a knack to keep it between the lines."

The Lakers will be the underdog in nearly all of their team matches this year but that is well embraced by Hinson.

"Our schedule presents us with some challenges and some opportunities to surprise people," said Hinson. "With the work and heart these boys put in, it is very pleasing to a coach and should make for a fun year."