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Former Wildcat represents West tennis in rival match

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Brayden Startzer, right, is making an impact as a player on the Greeley West tennis team, despite having never played before.

Brayden Startzer, right, is making an impact as a player on the Greeley West tennis team, despite having never played before.

Mackenzie Hora

Mackenzie Hora

Brayden Startzer, right, is making an impact as a player on the Greeley West tennis team, despite having never played before.

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The Spartan Boys Tennis team played home against Central High School this Tuesday. The team crushed the Cats with a resounding victory from every match, 7-0.

Senior, Brayden Startzer, played in his first No 3. doubles match with the score 6-1, 6-2.“I feel proud of myself, but most of all, I’m proud of my team for coming out with a 7-0 victory,” Startzer said.

Startzer had never played tennis before this year and is a former Wildcat, which gave him an interesting perspective on the rivalry match. Startzer attended Greeley Central his sophomore year and returned to West during his junior year.  After being a manager for the girls’ tennis team in the spring, he decided to play tennis this season.

Startzer didn’t have a lot of training, but was able to still make the varsity this year.  “I felt fortunate. I made three doubles after not having played the sport. I do believe my several years of baseball made tennis come more naturally to me,” Startzer said.

Startzer played baseball for eight years before a shoulder injury prevented him from playing in high school. However, Startzer still appreciates the skills he learned from baseball.

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Former Wildcat represents West tennis in rival match