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Cherokee grads impact Morningside tennis

Thursday, April 19, 2012

JJ Nitz
SIOUX CITY - The Morningside College men's tennis team has a distinct Cherokee flavor this season, with three former Cherokee Braves currently filling out veteran coach Larry Mason's 6-man varsity lineup.

The Mustangs are 5-5 in duals so far this season in non-conference action and in the rugged Great Plains Athletic Conference, and have won two of three recent meets, splitting with Doane and Midland in Fremont, Neb. last Saturday, and blowing by Sioux City rival Briar Cliff University Monday night in Sioux City.

Morningside senior JJ Nitz, sophomore Jordan Ogren, and freshman Alex Struck are former Cherokee Braves impacting the Mustangs this season.

Jordan Ogren
All three won both of their singles and doubles matches against Midland and Briar Cliff, with Nitz playing #4 singles, Struck #5, and Ogren #6.

The former Braves were coached by veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle, who does a "masterful" job preparing his players for college competition, according to Mason, himself an accomplished amateur player and veteran coach at Sioux City North and then at Morningside.

Cherokee WHS grad Shannon Schroeder, now a Morningside senior, is also an integral member of the Mustang women's tennis team, as was recent Morningside graduate Lynn Leonard, who, like Schroeder, played four years for the Mustangs after prepping at WHS. Schroeder and Leonard were coached by former WHS girls coach Jan Tracy.

Alex Struck
Mason also coaches the Morningside women's team.

"We sure like our Cherokee kids," said Mason. "They excel on the court and in the classroom."

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