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2018 Palo Verde Boys Tennis Capsule

PALO VERDE

League: Class 4A Mountain

Head coach: Rick Coop, second season

2017 record: 16-3 (11-2 4A Sunset/third)

Returning lettermen: Eight

Top athletes: Axel Botticelli, Jack Kostrinsky

Outlook: After finishing third in the Class 4A Sunset League, the Panthers put everything together in the postseason and earned their second straight state title.

Botticelli, last year’s singles state champion, and Kostrinsky are among eight returning lettermen.

“We are taking the season day by day at this point and are focusing on skills, effort and attitude, Coop said. “As always, we will look to put our best student-athletes on the court that can meet this expectation on and off the court and can fulfill the Panther Promise.

“We are looking forward to the challenges of the new season.”

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