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Central Washington B League honors Raider tennis for sportsmanship


The 2015 Raider tennis team includes, from left to right: In the front row: Kylee Marchand, Raylin Cowin, Harmony Witten, Bradley Wilder, Savannah Hobrecht, Mary Clark, Areielle White; in the second row: Tristen Shelby, Julie Steffens, Hannah Williams, Keianna Vera, Riley Pitner, Tanya Ang, Corban Wilder, William Friedlander, Aidan Derr, Cristian Ruiz, Coach Janice Archer; in the back row: Coach Steve Archer, Malcom Carson, Josh Wilder, Isaiah Baty, Edmond Fenton, Tyler Oberg, Nathan Engaseth, Casey Cleveland, Jordan Charles. Not pictured: Riley Stout, Allaynah Herman. - Scott Hunter photo

Raider Tennis received the CWL Sportsmanship award from the Central Washington B League for the 2015 season for the excellent sportsmanship exhibited by both boys' and girls' tennis squads. This is the first such award for LR in some time.

"I am very pleased that our teams' sportsmanship was recognized by the other schools," Head Coach Steve Archer said.

Archer had included a program this season to emphasize sportsmanship as part of team expectations.

"We have a team focus, F. I. T. which stands for Fun, Integrity, and Teamwork," Archer said. "We have fun, but not at the expense of anyone else. We stress personal integrity and challenge the kids to be responsible for their actions and also see how those actions, whether positive or negative, affect the whole team. We remind the kids of this throughout the season and it pays off with all kinds of rewards for them, the team and the school."

When asked if any individual stood out with their sportsmanship, Coach Archer said no. "They all did a wonderful job of treating the game and their opponent with respect and also representing their team and school well." He said, "I was very proud that we were recognized in this way."

Archer also thanked the parents for their support with the team and in emphasizing the sportsmanship.

"I'm sure the other schools saw that, and it played a part in us being voted the sportsmanship awards for both girls' and boys' teams," he said.

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