11/14/2013 3:00:00 PM Banitt, Adel are tennis most valuable
by Mike Dalton
Tayler Banitt and Maddie Adel shared the most valuable player award for the 2013 Cannon Falls High School girls tennis team.
The squad finished with a 12-7 overall record, and they were 6-2 in conference play, good for second place. They were the #3 seed in the sections.
Adel led the team with a 19-5 record, and Banitt was 11-13 but teamed with Adel to come within one win of the state doubles tournament.
Those two were both letterwinners, as were Kaesey Glaess, Hannah Boman, Sheyenne Bauer, Lauren Lecy, Grace Rutter, Sarah Modrak McKenna Bauer, Bethany Nelson, Delanie Otto, Molly Rolfes and Taylor Jackson.
Banitt and Adel were named to the HVL all-conference team. Otto received the hustle award, Nelson and Rolfes most improved, and Lecy the teammate award. Banitt and Adel were named as captains for next season, replacing this season's captains Glaess and Boman.
"The girls really worked hard and were a fun group to work with," commented coach Paul Norstad. "We had nine letterwinners returning but were still a young group, and I was impressed with how our newer girls stepped up and played well.
"We lose a good group of seniors (Glaess, Boman, Bauer, Lecy). These girls have really worked hard, and I know they are going to go off and do great things. They were all selected to the Minnesota Coaches Association all-state academic team, an award that goes to seniors with GPAs above 3.7," Norstad said. The team had an overall GPA of 3.84, which put them in the Gold level at the coaches association.