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November 10, 2008 3:55 am

PHS tennis teams honor top players

Written by Tribune Staff

The Powell High School tennis teams recognized their top players at a recent awards ceremony.

On the boys side, there was a tie for the most valuable player award.

No. 1 singles player Jonas Kuehl, an junior exchange student from Germany, and No. 2 singles player Chris Brinkerhoff, a senior who placed fourth at the state tournament, shared the MVP honors.

PHS head coach Ray Bieber said the two players' presence will be greatly missed.

“They scored nearly all of our points at state,” he said.

Sophomore Tyler Morgan won the title of most improved after a season of competing in the No. 3 doubles slot.

Morgan, who attends Rocky Mountain High School but plays for PHS, “really cares about tennis and works hard at his game,” Bieber said.

Todd Lewis was honored as the boys' most inspirational player. Bieber described him as “an outstanding freshman with a great attitude.”

On the girls side, senior Chelsea Akin won honors for most valuable, scoring more points than anyone on the squad. Bieber said Akin improved a great deal this year, describing her as “just a very intense person who cared a lot about the team.”

Junior Brittany Feller took the award for most improved.

“She came a long way this year,” Bieber said.

Feller and her partner, sophomore Lisa Schiermeister, capped their season with a fourth-place state finish at No. 3 doubles.

For the third year in a row, Kelli Lewis won the team's most inspirational award.

“She's got to be one of the most inspirational players who's played for Powell, ever,” Bieber said.

PHS tennis will be entering a rebuilding mode next season.

They are losing “six of the best senior girls we've ever had,” Bieber said. The list includes Darcee Lynn, Akin, Alexa Kienlen, Taylor Stockdale, Lewis, and Kelsey McKearney.

Bieber said they'll begin the attempt to fill those “big shoes” this spring.