Carmel Girls Tennis 2003/2006

State Champions in 2003

2003 Indiana State Champions with legendary coach Sharon “Rosie” Rosenburg. Stacey Evans Whitmire is top left and Nikki Evans Frazer is seated bottom left next to Coach Rosenburg
Carmel Greyhounds Girls Tennis Team 2004
Carmel Greyhounds Girls Tennis Team 2005
Carmel Greyhounds Girls Tennis Team 2006
Stacey reached the Final of State Doubles in 2006 with partner Jenny Auda Deye. Went down to Rebecca Porter Mattler and Melanie Sullivan of Center Grove in the final

A Nostalgic Glance at Past Summer Junior Programs

I have coached in Summer Junior Programs in Indianapolis for the past 20 years. How time flies by by!

The Washington Township Program was based at North Central and the IRC Junior Program at Cathedral

Fond memories of the many coaches and instructors – which included Nikki Evans Frazer, Gareth Evans and Stacey Evans Whitmire. Sadly, some of the coaches and instructors in these photos have passed on.

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Washington Township Summer Program 2006
Washington Township Summer Program 2004
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Washington Township Summer Program 2002
IRC Junior Program at Cathedral 2008
IRC Summer Program at Cathedral 2009

Memories of Carmel Boys Tennis State titles in 2003-2004

My son Gareth Evans was on Coach Mike Bostic’s State Championship winning teams in 2003 and 2004.

David DiBenigno and Gareth Evans with Coach Mike Bostic
after winning the Indiana State title in 2004.
Carmel Greyhounds Boys Tennis State Champions in 2003.
Gareth Evans and David DiBenigno receiving their State Championship medals in 2004.
David DiBenigno and Gareth Evans proudly hold the State Championship shield in 2004.
Newspaper article featuring unbeaten Greyhounds 21-0 season winning record!
No 2 Doubles team of Michael DiBenigno and Gareth Evans featured in newspaper article in 2004.
Carmel Greyhounds State Championship winning team in 2004.

Wimbledon – July 2018

The hallowed ground of the Wimbledon Centre Court at an iconic tennis venue

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IMG_0265 (2)Des standing with the iconic Centre Court tennis arena in the background

IMG_0522Kevin Anderson – a South African who played college tennis at the University of Illinois – went down to Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Men’s Singles Final. 

IMG_0276 (2)Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia playing Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Ladies semi-final

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IMG_0330Serena Williams – arguably the greatest women’s player of all time

IMG_0322Serena Williams overcame Julia Goerges of Germany in the Ladies semi-final

IMG_0301 (2)Ladies singles winner Angelique Kerber of Germany – overcomimg Serena Williams in the final

IMG_0384Coach Des Evans of Indianapolis, U.S.A. !!

IMG_0357Watching action in the Junior (18s) Boys Doubles event

IMG_0334_Moment (3)The best service motion in the history of women’s tennis – Serena Williams      (Photo by Des Evans)

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IMG_0284 (2)Angelique Kerber about to serve to Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final which she (Kerber) won

IMG_0299Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber prepare to leave after Kerber won the semi-final

IMG_0289Angelique Kerber prepares to serve on Centre Court

IMG_0300 (2)Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia leaves Centre Court after losing the semi-final to Angelique Kerber

IMG_0349_Moment (2)Serena Williams and Julia Goerges  leave the Centre Court area after their semi -final – won by Serena

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IMG_0240One of the many hospitality and refreshment areas in the grounds

IMG_0370Crowds outside Centre Court take a break from the court action

IMG_0274Angelique Kerber playing on a packed Centre Court in the Ladies Singles Final

IMG_0224Spectators watching the action on the new Jumbotron on Henman Hill

IMG_0232 (3)Crowds of spectators fill the grounds of Wimbledon 

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The newly finished hospitality area near to Court 1 and Henman Hill

Photos by Des Evans

Dragons Girls Tennis 2018

The New Palestine Dragons varsity tennis team ended the 2018 season with a 9 and 7 record.

The Dragons No 1 doubles team of juniors Josee King and Claire Cherry ended the season with a 14 and 9 record and won the North Central Sectional – and play the winner of the Center Grove Sectional at Fishers on June 2nd

The No 2 doubles combination of junior Sheridan Schrowe and sophomore Ashley Truman won the County title and finished with an impressive 16 and 5 winning record.

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Evans To Leave New Palestine Tennis

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District 4 Coach of the Year for 2017, Des Evans, will leave the New Palestine Tennis Dragons at the conclusion of the girls season in the spring of 2018. Evans has been Head Coach of the boys and girls tennis teams at New Palestine since August 2015.

Both the boys and girls team have improved considerably during the past 3 years  – with the boys team capturing the County and Sectional titles 3 years in a row – and the Hoosier Heritage Conference title in 2017 for the first time in 8 years – with a 33-2 winning record.

The boys team achieved a winning record of 58 and 11 during the past 3 years. The girls team improved to 11 and 7 in 2017. They had a 4 – 9 losing record in 2015.

Evans will focus on coaching his tennis clientele at the Indianapolis Racquet Club where he has  been a professional for the past 18 years.

Evans Voted All Conference & All District Coach of the Year for 2017

New Palestine Dragons Head Tennis Coach Des Evans was voted Hoosier Heritage All Conference and All District Coach of the Year for 2017.

The Dragons won the Hancock County Championship, the H.H. Conference title 7-0 and the Mt Vernon Sectional Championship – losing only 1 match.

NPHS lost to Lawrence North 3-2 in the Regional semi and the No 1 doubles team of Nick Rusche & Colby Wagoner advanced to the Regional stage of the IHSAA individual doubles championship.

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Summer Tennis!

My summer junior tennis program at Cathedral and New Palestine in 2017

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The varsity players group at Cathedral

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Hard working girls at summer tennis at Cathedral

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Matthew True plays a forehand volley at New Palestine
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The New Pal Varsity Clinic players
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Coach Des with Carson Gavin, Ben Blachly and Matthew True at New Pal
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Varsity players involved in an approach and volley game

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Hard working Varsity players
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Playing the short game near the net
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Some of the JV players
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Ben Blachly practising serving
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Coach Des Evans

Dragons End Improved Regular Season

The Dragons Girls Varsity tennis team completed a much improved 2017 season with a 3-2 victory at Pendleton. They finished with an 11 and 6 winning record.

In the Sectionals Pendleton reversed the result – beating the Dragons 3-2 in the opener.

The Dragons finished the season with an 11-7 winning record.

The NPHS Junior Varsity team under Coach Jean Graham beat Pendleton 5-0 and ended the season with a brilliant 16 and 1 winning record – showing that NPHS has tremendous depth of talent in our tennis program.

Congrats to all the players and coaches!

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Most Valuable Player Josee King had an oustanding season with a 10-4 record at No. 1 doubles

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No 1 doubles pair of Josee King and Katie Settergren made it to the IHSSA doubles tournament at North Central – but went down to the N.C. Panthers in the opening round. King and Settergren closed the season with an impressive 10-4 winning record.

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New Palestine Tennis Team – Varsity, J.V., Coaches and Managers – 2017

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The NPHS Varsity Team after the last regular season match at Pendleton with Coaches Des Evans and “Coach T” Craig Tammen

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The strong Dragons J.V. Tennis Team after their brilliant 16 and 1 regular season. Only loss was to Fishers H.S. and victories included Park Tudor and Delta.

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The successful Junior Varsity and Playback squads with Coach Jean Graham

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Winter Indoor Tennis

The Indoor Season closes as another exciting girls high school season begins

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Coach Des with some of his middle school Warrior girls in March, 2017

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Coach Des with the Thursday high school group in March, 2017

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Coach Des with Meghan Emberton and Josee “Rocky”King

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The New Pal girls working with Coach Des

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Coach Stig and Coach Des with some of their High School group

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Coach Des and Coach Jim with the Warriors group

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Coach Des and Coach Stig with more of their high school players

Dragons Close Season with 19-4 Record

The New Palestine Dragons bowed out of the Regional opener at North Central when they were beaten 4-1 by Lawrence North Wildcats. The Dragons closed the season with a 19-4 winning record.

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Coach Des Evans with Tyler Swain and Nick Rusche – who had a great 16-0 season at No 2 doubles

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Dragons Move to 8-2

The New Palestine Dragons moved to 8-2 for the season with an impressive 5-0 victory over University Trailblazers and a final set narrow loss to Silver Creek.

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The 2016 Dragons Varsity squad

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Coach Jean Graham (on the left) was instrumental in the building of our new tennis pavilion. Here the players enjoy their lunch between matches on Saturday September 3.

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No 1 singles Matthew True

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No 1 doubles pair David Hockett and Patrick Heffernan

A Fun Tennis Summer – 2016

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Coach Des Evans

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62 players attended the junior program this summer at New Palestine

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Coach Des Evans’ 2016 Summer Junior Tennis Program at New Palestine High School has been a great success. The players have worked extremely hard and have shown significant improvement – especially playing in sweltering heat during the last 2 weeks

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The boys working on various doubles drills

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Talented current Number 1 singles player Matthew True is working hard with Coach Des Evans in preparation for the IHSAA Varsity Boys Tennis season which commences in August.

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Players enjoying one of the competitive drills

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Ashley Truman serves during a Davis Cup doubles match at the summer tennis program

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Carson Gavin working here with Matthew True – is likely to secure a singles spot in the N.P. Varsity line-up 2016

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The junior tennis program this summer has been great fun in excellent weather conditions – apart from some rain here and there!

Working on Ground Strokes & Serve

Coach Des Evans working with various junior players from New Palestine, Heritage and North Central

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Coach Des Evans feeding balls during a tennis lesson this summer

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Sam Keller of Heritage Christian

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Matthew True of New Palestine working on his forehand drive

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Henry Rodefeld of North Central

 Ivey Simmons of the New Palestine Dragons

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Carson Gavin of the Dragons

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Olivia Spicer of the Mount Vernon Marauders

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David Hockett of New Palestine

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