Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Out of approximately 30 boys tennis programs in West Virginia Class A and AA schools, Bluefield High School came out third with the conclusion of the state tennis tournament on Saturday.
“They really played together as a team,” head coach Cindy Stonestreet said on Sunday. “To think about how many schools participate in tennis around the state, to come in third in Class AA was amazing.”
Charleston Catholic was the top boys team in points, followed by Williamstown, with Bluefield a close third.
The Beavers’ Paul Hoffmann and Tyler Myers were state runners-up after reaching the finals at No. 3 doubles.
Justin Freund, Jose Tarin and Hoffmann participated in the state singles competition at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. Tarin made it the the semifinals. Fruend and Tarin were a No. 1 doubles team entry, reaching the quarterfinals.
Stonestreet said, “They were a team that pushed each other.” Due to their combined efforts, she said that when Hoffmann and Myers got the runner-up award, “I think that all the boys felt like they did, too.”
“They were just so surprised that they worked so well and did so well.”
She said that while some schools have professionals helping coach them, “They just worked really hard on their own. They were athletes.”
Freund, a senior, set a tone for the team, she said. “He put a fire underneath them,” she said. “He was the best leader I’ve ever had, to motivate them.”