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Ellinwood tennis team stands out among school’s past teams

The Ellinwood High School girls’ tennis team poses with the Class 3-1A regional meet championship plaque on Saturday. From left, Rachel Morales, Gentry McLeland, Kaitlyn Robl, Bailey Schartz, Darri Beckwith and Oma Thomas. Back row, from left, head coach Lyle Stickney and Brad Birzer.

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Teams like the Ellinwood High School girls’ tennis squad are rare.
Just ask Eagles head coach Lyle Stickney. In more than two decades of coaching at Ellinwood, he said that he can only recall two or three teams that parallels the 2011 varsity team that will be competing at the Class 3-1A state meet in Dodge City on Friday and Saturday.
“I’ve been coaching for 22 or 23 years now, and there have been a few teams that have come along with this much talent,” Stickney said. “There was a team in the mid-’90s and then in ’04 ...

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