State Champions in 2003
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.
My son Gareth Evans was on Coach Mike Bostic’s State Championship winning teams in 2003 and 2004.
Working with the Summer Junior Program at IRC
Watching 10 year old Deklyn playing baseball for Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The hallowed ground of the Wimbledon Centre Court at an iconic tennis venue
A tired Kevin Anderson plays a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final
Des standing with the iconic Centre Court tennis arena in the background
Kevin 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.
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia playing Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Ladies semi-final
Standing next to the new Jumbotron on the outside of Court 1 – which entertains the fans on Henman Hill
Serena Williams – arguably the greatest women’s player of all time
Serena Williams overcame Julia Goerges of Germany in the Ladies semi-final
Ladies singles winner Angelique Kerber of Germany – overcomimg Serena Williams in the final
Coach Des Evans of Indianapolis, U.S.A. !!
Watching action in the Junior (18s) Boys Doubles event
The best service motion in the history of women’s tennis – Serena Williams (Photo by Des Evans)
Crowds mingle outside the popular Wimbledon Shop
Angelique Kerber about to serve to Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final which she (Kerber) won
Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber prepare to leave after Kerber won the semi-final
Angelique Kerber prepares to serve on Centre Court
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia leaves Centre Court after losing the semi-final to Angelique Kerber
Serena Williams and Julia Goerges leave the Centre Court area after their semi -final – won by Serena
One of the many hospitality and refreshment areas in the grounds
Crowds outside Centre Court take a break from the court action
Angelique Kerber playing on a packed Centre Court in the Ladies Singles Final
Spectators watching the action on the new Jumbotron on Henman Hill
Crowds of spectators fill the grounds of Wimbledon
The newly finished hospitality area near to Court 1 and Henman Hill
Photos by Des Evans
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.
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.
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.
My summer junior tennis program at Cathedral and New Palestine in 2017
The varsity players group at Cathedral
Hard working girls at summer tennis at Cathedral
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!
Most Valuable Player Josee King had an oustanding season with a 10-4 record at No. 1 doubles
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.
New Palestine Tennis Team – Varsity, J.V., Coaches and Managers – 2017
The NPHS Varsity Team after the last regular season match at Pendleton with Coaches Des Evans and “Coach T” Craig Tammen
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.
The successful Junior Varsity and Playback squads with Coach Jean Graham
The fast improving New Palestine Dragons girls varsity tennis team moved to a 8-3 winning record for the season (so far) with a huge wins over the Fishers Tigers and Yorktown.
The New Palestine Dragons girls tennis team opened their 2017 season with a confident 5-0 win over the visiting Shenandoah Raiders.
The Indoor Season closes as another exciting girls high school season begins
Coach Des with some of his middle school Warrior girls in March, 2017
Coach Des with the Thursday high school group in March, 2017
Coach Des with Meghan Emberton and Josee “Rocky”King
The New Pal girls working with Coach Des
Coach Stig and Coach Des with some of their High School group
Coach Des and Coach Jim with the Warriors group
Coach Des and Coach Stig with more of their high school players
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.
2016 Sectional and County winners – the New Palestine Dragons
Coach Des Evans with Tyler Swain and Nick Rusche – who had a great 16-0 season at No 2 doubles
2016 Dragons team at the Regionals at North Central
The New Palestine Dragons beat Mt Vernon 4-1, Warren Central 5-0 and Bishop Chatard 4-1 to end the regular season at 15-3. They also became Hancock County champions last Monday. The Dragons participate in the sectional play-offs on September 29/30th at Mt. Vernon.
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.
The 2016 Dragons Varsity squad
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.
No 1 singles Matthew True
No 1 doubles pair David Hockett and Patrick Heffernan
Coach Des Evans
62 players attended the junior program this summer at New Palestine
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
The boys working on various doubles drills
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.
Players enjoying one of the competitive drills
Ashley Truman serves during a Davis Cup doubles match at the summer tennis program
Carson Gavin working here with Matthew True – is likely to secure a singles spot in the N.P. Varsity line-up 2016
The junior tennis program this summer has been great fun in excellent weather conditions – apart from some rain here and there!
Coach Des Evans working with various junior players from New Palestine, Heritage and North Central
Coach Des Evans feeding balls during a tennis lesson this summer
Sam Keller of Heritage Christian
Matthew True of New Palestine working on his forehand drive
Henry Rodefeld of North Central
Ivey Simmons of the New Palestine Dragons
Carson Gavin of the Dragons
Olivia Spicer of the Mount Vernon Marauders
David Hockett of New Palestine