Second-year Hesston College Men’s Tennis coach Myron Diener is optimistic that his solid roster will give the Larks some wins on the season. Diener is aiming for a .500 season to improve on the winless season from last year.
“I think we’re pretty strong all the way up and down the ladder,” Diener said. “Our one through four players are, on any day, all very strong and close to each other (talent-wise). We could be winning a lot of matches from the three and four position.”
The Larks kick off the new season at 9 a.m. against Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) on Tuesday, March 3.
“The guys seem to love the sport,” Diener said. “They’re motivated to work, they come out on weekends and do work on their own. I’m hopeful that we can get some rewards on that work.”
Hesston College Men’s Tennis Coach Myron Diener announces Keegan LeFevre, a Hesston (Kan.) High School graduate, as the latest addition to the Larks program.
A two-time Central Kansas League singles champion, LeFevre helped lead the Hesston High boys’ tennis team to a three consecutive CKL championships from 2012 to 2014. LeFevre placed fifth in state singles in 2014, where the Swathers finished third as a team.
LeFevre was a Senior Principal’s Honor Award recipient at Hesston High and is studying business at Hesston College, where he is a Dean’s Scholar. He is a member of Hesston Mennonite Church and throughout high school was an active member of the youth group there.
“I’m very pleased to have Keegan on this roster,” Diener said. “He has a strong family connection to Hesston and will contribute much to the team and broader community. I’m looking forward to watching him succeed.”
LeFevre is the son of Dennis and Jen LeFevre, Hesston.
Hesston College Men’s Tennis Coach Myron Diener announces Caleb Schrock-Hurst and Andry Stutzman, both graduates from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., as the latest additions to the Larks program.
A three-time team captain and Most Valuable Player for EMHS Boy’s Tennis, Schrock-Hurst was voted Most Inspirational Player his sophomore year. He led EMHS Boy’s Tennis to three state tournament appearances during his career with the Flames.
A National Honor Society member and National Merit Commended Scholar, Schrock-Hurst attends Park View Mennnonite Church, Harrisonburg, and is active in the youth group there.
Schrock is the son of Carmen and Luke Schrock-Hurst, Harrisonburg.
A three-time state tournament qualifier, Stutzman was twice voted team captain and Most Valuable Player for EMHS Boy’s Tennis.
A National Honor Society member, Stutzman graduated summa cum laude from EMHS and will study music education at Hesston. In addition to tennis, he will sing in Bel Canto, Hesston’s elite touring choir.
Stutzman is the son of Curt and Jeanne Stutzman, Harrisonburg. He attends Horizon Christian Fellowship, Harrisonburg, and is active in the youth group there.
“I’m thrilled to add Caleb and Andry to our roster,” Diener said. “Their talents, both on and off the court, will impact our program in a positive way.”
The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a home match to Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) 7-2 on Tuesday, April 15.
The men built early leads in two of the three doubles matches but were unable to close out wins. Freshman Eric Cender (one singles – Valparaiso, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Roth (six singles – Canby, Ore.) each took their opening set in singles, but then dropped their matches in 3rd set super tie-breakers 10–12 and 8–10 respectively. Sophomores Kendrik Mast (five singles – Harrisonburg, Va.) and Dominic Murray (four singles – Denver) each won their singles matches giving the Larks two match wins. Mast won in straight sets 6–0, 6–3 and Murray was leading in the first set 4–3 when his opponent retired due to an injury.
Hesston men and women travel to Baker University (Baldwin City, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. match on Thursday, April 17.
The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a close 5-4 match to Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) on Thursday, April 3.
Sophomores Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) and Dominic Murray (Denver) opened up with an impressive 8-2 win at one doubles. Hostetler (three singles) and Kendrik Mast (five singles – Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded straight set wins (7-5, 6-2) and (6-2, 6-2), respectively. Murray fought through a tough 3rd set super tie-breaker closing out the 4th win at 6-4, 5-7, (11-9). The overall match hinged on the one singles match between freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Bethel’s Jenson Kingsley. The two split sets 6-7, 6-4 and went back and forth in the super tie-breaker until Kingsley eventually won the match (8-10).
The Hesston men will host the Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kan.) at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 7.
The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 match to Midland University (Fremont, Neb.) on Saturday, March 22.
Sophomore Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) played a smart match by throwing a lot of variety at his opponent, carrying him to a straight sets win 6-4, 6-3 at three singles. Freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) won a tie-breaker to clinch a win at one singles 3-6, 6-4 (10-7).
The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped its home season opener to Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) 8-1 on Friday, March 7.
Hesston had a couple tight matches in singles with freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) taking the first set to a tie-breaker and sophomore Tyler Roth (Canby, Ore.) dropping two close sets (5-7, 4-6) in his first competitive tennis match. Sophomore Kendrik Mast (Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded the lone match win of the afternoon for the Larks with an impressive come-from-behind win in a third-set tie-breaker 1-6, 6-2, (10-8).
Dominic Murray (Denver) and Ty Coblentz (Goshen, Ind.)) were nearly able to take their doubles match to a tie breaker, dropping it 7-9.
Hesston men’s and women’s tennis teams travels to Doane College (Crete, Neb.) for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday, March 22.
Coming off a successful 2013 season, first-year Hesston College Men’s Tennis coach Myron Diener points to returners Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.), Kendrik Mast (Harrisonburg, Va.) and Dominic Murray (Denver) as veterans who will be counted on to lead the program this spring. Freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.), among others, give the Larks added talent.
“I was pleased with the effort the team put forth during the off-season by getting out to the courts several days per week,” Diener said. “This will certainly pay off as we get into the competitive portion of the season. We will be challenged this spring with mostly four-year schools on the schedule. We are excited to host six home matches this spring.
The Larks kick off the new season with a 1 p.m. home match with Colorado Christian University Sunday, March 2.
“I am honored to return to this setting that I experienced 35 years ago,” Diener said. “To have an influence on a group of students who have chosen my classroom – the tennis court – is a blessing.”
Eric Cender, a recent graduate of Valparaiso (Ind.) High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue his tennis and academic careers at Hesston College.
“I’m excited to welcome Eric to the men’s squad,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “His commitment and hard work helped his high school team make a deep post-season run last year. We look forward to having Eric on campus.”
An all-state performer and team co-captain, Cender compiled a 21-5 singles record his senior year in helping Valparaiso High to a sectional championship.
A National Honor Society member, Cender will study Business at Hesston. He attends Valparaiso Mennonite Church.
Cender is the son of Karl and Wilma Cender, Valparaiso.
Hesston College athletic director Joel Kauffman announced the July 16 hiring of Myron Diener, a 1979 Hesston College graduate, as men’s and women’s tennis coach. He will succeed Jeron Baker, who resigned after five years at the helm of Hesston Tennis.
“I’m excited to have Myron as our men’s and women’s tennis coach,” Kauffman said. “He has a passion for tennis and knows the game well. He also has a strong interest in working with and mentoring student athletes.”
“I am honored to return to this setting that I experienced 35 years ago,” Diener said. “To have an influence on a group of students who have chosen my classroom – the tennis court – is a blessing. The opportunities at Hesston are many – academics, arts, music and sports, to name a few. The students at Hesston are the significant part of a unique experience.
Diener spent the previous 15 years as senior statistician at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Kansas City, Mo. The position with the Larks is his first head coaching job at the college level.
“Certainly all those involved in sports find motivation in the natural competition existing in this venue,” Diener said. “I’m also motivated to see the gradual improvement that an athlete can experience through focused training, hard work and commitment. The result likely will not lead to Wimbledon, but can be evidenced through a higher first serve percentage, lower net clearance, deeper ground strokes, faster foot work, cleaner ball strikes, etc. I’m excited to have the opportunity to influence these improvements and observe the results.”
Coach Diener and his wife, Donna, reside in Hesston. They have two daughters; Kaci ’13 and Dusti, who will enroll at Hesston in August.
The Hesston College men’s tennis team notched a big early-season Region VI win by besting Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) 5-4 on Friday, March 1.
After Barton claimed wins at one and two singles, Hesston responded with victories in the remaining singles matches. Keenan Jensen (Hesston, Kan.), Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.), Dominic Murray (Denver, Colo.) and Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) earned wins in singles play. Needing just one doubles victory to secure the team win, Ermoian and Hostetler coasted to an 8-0 win to send the Larks home happy.
“Our men played well up and down the lineup,” said Hesston coach Jeron Baker. “A huge win at three singles essentially clinched the match for us. It was awesome also to see freshman step up in the way they did. Drew got a good win at six singles and Dominic fought hard to bring us a win at five singles in a third set tie-breaker. That kind of matchplay helps them grow up quickly.”
Hesston travels to McPherson (Kan.) College for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday, March 5.
Fifth-year Hesston College men’s tennis coach Jeron Baker returns his entire freshman class from a year ago that, paired with five new incoming players, raises the goals and expectations of a program that has enjoyed steady growth since Baker’s arrival.
“Our men’s roster is similar to last year,” Baker said. “We’ve increased our depth in the two spots we graduated and have a better overall team.”
As an NJCAA Region VI member, Hesston men’s tennis will once again look forward to a challenging schedule. The Larks open the 2013 slate with an indoor match at Region VI foe Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The Larks’ March 21 home match against Ottawa (Kan.) University, beginning at 11 a.m., will be streamed live and is accessible at hesston.edu/larks.
“We’ve improved, but so has our competition,” Baker added. “I’m excited to see how this group handles themselves after last year’s success. The bar has been raised, and we have the talent to play at a higher level. I expect our men to make a solid push in region play.”
As the 2012-13 Hesston College men’s and women’s tennis teams are busy training for a new year, the men’s program received news of a 2011-12 post-season ranking that speaks to the progress the Larks have enjoyed over the past several years.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked Hesston Tennis 24th in its final 2011-12 rankings, released earlier this summer. When he received word of the recognition, Hesston coach Jeron Baker was thrilled.
“The year-end ranking is a testament to the hard work put in by our entire program last year,” Baker said. “The men specifically received the ranking but we view ourselves as one team. The time and energy put in by all players, both men and women, to challenge each other is what helped us accomplish this milestone. With the strong support we have returning and the new additions to our program, last year’s ceiling could become this year’s floor.”
Baker highlighted three individuals from last year’s squad who stood out, including Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.), Luis Ramirez (Tachira, Venezuela) and local product Michael Oyer (Hesston, Kan.), all returning sophomores who hope to life the Larks to even greater heights this year.
“We only hope to grow from here,” added Baker. “We continue to teach that in all things, not just tennis, there is nothing better than getting better. I’m proud of our team and our institution for supporting each other in the ways we have.”
Hesston College tennis coach Jeron Baker announced the addition of Wesley Wilder, a 2012 Hesston High School graduate, for this year’s tennis season.
“I’m very excited about Wes joining our team,” said Head Coach Jeron Baker. “Wes has a deep desire to learn the game and does everything he can to find out about the strengths and weaknesses of opposing players. He will help our team be more cerebral in our approach to the game.”
Aside from his time with Hesston High Tennis, Wilder also played two years of cross country and football for the Swathers. He was a key part of the Swathers’ 2011 tennis team that finished state runners-up at the Kansas 4A State Boys tournament.
A four-year honor roll student and Kansas Scholar, Wilder plans to study nursing at Hesston College. Wilder is an active member of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. He is the son of Kevin and Marilyn Wilder, Hesston.
Hesston College men’s tennis coach Jeron Baker announced the signings of Drew Hostetler, a senior at Goshen (Ind.) High School, and Kendrik Mast, a senior at Turner Ashby High School, Bridgewater, Va.
A captain at Goshen High, Hostetler played three years of varsity tennis for the Redskins. He will pursue studies toward an engineering degree at Hesston.
Hostetler is the son of Don and Cynthia Hostetler. He attends Grace Community Church in Goshen.
“Drew will add a lot to the foundation of our program,” Baker said. “He comes from a well-coached team and was highly recommended by both of his coaches. Drew brings a big game and I’m excited about the contribution he’ll make next year.”
A team captain his senior year, Mast was a key member of Turner Ashby’s boys tennis team that went 14-2 in 2012 – the best mark in school history.
An honor roll student, Mast will enroll in Hesston’s disaster management program. He attends Cornerstone Church, Broadway, Va., and is active in the youth group and media services there.
Mast is the son of Dale and Shari Mast, Harrisonburg, Va.
“Kendrik will provide instant depth for us,” Baker said. “After graduating just two of our top six players, Kendrik will instantly compete for one of those top spots. It’s an honor to have him join our program.”