Hello all and welcome to the 2020 JM boys tennis season. John and I are looking forward to beginning the season and starting practice on Monday March 23!
Prior to the beginning of our season is our school's PAC meeting (Parent/Athlete/Coach) for spring sports on Tuesday March 17. At 6pm in the JM auditorium, our school's Athletic Director, Brian Ihrke, will provide information, rules, and regulations for all school sponsored sports. Then at 630pm all the sports teams will split up to their assigned rooms at JM (ours is 3-115) and we will have our own team meeting. We will discuss team rules, our schedule, uniforms, etc. Attendance is mandatory for the student athlete and at least 1 parent so please plan accordingly!
Our season begins on the JM tennis courts on Monday March 23 and practices will typically run from 330pm-530pm. You are making a commitment by being apart of our team so please be at practice every day! Anything other than sickness/excused absences will not be tolerated. In order to be the best team we can, we need everyone present at practices and matches! Also check out our schedule of meets/matches/scrimmages posted on the big9conference.org website. Search under the "activities schedules" for John Marshall and then "view schedules" for boys tennis. Please take care of any conflicts (such as work) as early as possible.
Parents, thank you for allowing your boys to participant on our team. Hopefully you will find your son taken care of it an environment that promotes sportsmanship, hard work, learning, respecting each other, and fun while helping our team succeed.
We look forward to seeing/meeting you all on March 17.
Monday - practice at JM
Tuesday - first round of team Section 1AA tournament - We play Farmington at JM. Match will start at 4pm so guys are to be there right after school. This is a varsity match but we will try to get a few exhibition matches on afterwards assuming Farmington brings a few extra players.
Wednesday - practice
Thursday - 2nd round of team Section 1AA tournament - If we win on Tuesday we will play Century at Century match starting at 4pm.
Friday - practice
***Important note - Our tennis banquet is now scheduled for Wednesday May 22 at 6pm in the JM cafeteria. More info to come. Just a head's up that in the past we've had each family bring a main dish (pizza, etc) for your family and then a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Thanks!
Thursday May 23 from 5-8pm is the JM boys tennis fundraiser at Potbelly's Sandwiches (downtown location). Please plan to get your dinner there that night and spread the word! Thanks!
Our match tomorrow vs Century will be varsity only at the RAC. Players are to be there no later than 5pm and then matches will start at 530pm. Thanks for being flexible with bad weather coming.
Monday - match vs Stewartville (Varsity at JM; JV takes bus to Stewartville at 310pm)
Tuesday - practice
Wednesday - match vs Century 130pm & match vs Lakeville North 330pm (Varsity at JM; JV at Century)
Thursday - match at Austin 3pm and vs Albert Lea 5pm in Austin
Friday - practice
Saturday - Big 9 Conference tournament - matches beginning at 9am and running into the mid afternoon. Please be at your site by 8am to warm up. If you are to bring food/drink, please pick one site and drop off in the morning.
1&2 singles - JM
3&4 singles - Century
1&2 doubles - Mayo
3 doubles - Soldiers Field
Thanks and GO ROCKETS!
Just a reminder about some details for our triangular tomorrow morning...
Varsity (the 10 players who played varsity vs Winona) will be at JM courts. JV will be at Century courts.
Players, please be at your appropriate site by 815am to warm up.
Introductions at 850am
9am - JM vs Red Wing
11am - JM vs Mankato West
Also, don't forget we have a match with Stewartville on Monday. Varsity at JM and JV (all the players who were at Century on Saturday) at Stewartville courts. JV need to be at JM at 3:05pm to get on the bus to Stewartville.
The boys tennis match today vs Northfield has been postponed and will be made up tomorrow (Wed May 1). The times will be the same so be there right after school to warm up.
The Varsity (top 14 players) will be practicing at the RAC today from 4-530pm. Please make plans to get a ride and bring $5 to help pay for court costs.
Just a preview of next week's events:
Monday April 29 - Match at Mankato East (bus will depart Lincoln at 1250pm, Friedell at 1pm, JA at 115pm, and JM at 130pm) Middle schoolers need to get excused by a parent.
Tuesday April 30 - Match vs Northfield at home (JV site to be determined)
Wednesday May 1 - Practice/weightroom
Thursday May 2 - Match at Winona (bus will depart Lincoln at 150pm, Friedell at 2pm, JA at 215pm, and JM at 230) Middle schoolers need to get excused.
Friday May 3 - Practice
Saturday May 4 - Triangular vs Mankato West and Red Wing at home (JV site to be determined)
Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks
Josh and John
The tennis invite on Saturday April 27 has been cancelled due to weather.
Just giving you all a reminder of what we've got for next week.
Monday April 22 - practice followed by Chipotle Fundraiser from 5-9pm (Please make plans to get dinner there and tell everyone you know! Just tell them you're there for the JM boys tennis fundraiser when you pay)
Tuesday April 23 - Match vs Schaefer Academy at JM courts.
Wednesday April 24 - Team and Individual Pictures before practice. Wear your fleshly laundered uniform.
Thursday April 25 - Match vs Lourdes at JM courts.
Friday April 26 - practice
Saturday April 27 - Century Invite in Rochester. Matches will be played at all 3 high schools in town. This will be a varsity only event so we will have approximately 12 guys play.
Just a reminder for bus times for our match today in Owatonna. The bus will pick up the middle schoolers first and then pick up the JM boys before leaving Rochester. Please be ON THE BUS at the time listed:
>> Lincoln - 1:50 pm
>> Friedell - 2:00 pm
>> JA - 2:15 pm
>> JM - 2:30 pm
Bus will drop off the boys tonight at JM when we get back into town. Thanks!
I have just been informed our invite in Lakeville scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.
Just letting you know that our match Thursday against Mankato East has been cancelled and will be made up later in the season. I am trying to get practice courts for Thursday and/or Friday but I will let you know if that happens. When we go indoor we ask that each player brings $5 to help cover court costs. Also, I have not heard about being decided with the varsity invite in Lakeville on saturday. When I hear I will let you know. Thanks and drive safely!
We are going to start our match against Mayo tomorrow at 330pm instead of 430pm. The varsity will play at JM and JV will play at Mayo HS. Please be at your appropriate site by 330pm so we can get started on time. The reason for this change is that Mayo is going to play another match after us tomorrow and would like to get both matches in before dark. Thanks and I apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.
Our tennis meet today vs Albert Lea and Century is cancelled due to weather. Thanks!
Our match against Stewartville today has been cancelled due to weather. We will not meet today but we will plan on our normal practice tomorrow. Thanks!
Thanks again for being at the PAC Meeting last evening. I was reminded of another thing pertaining to our middle school students. When we go to other towns for away matches, the bus will pick up the middle schoolers prior to coming to JM to get the high school guys. When we have matches in town middle schoolers need to find their own way to and from their playing site. Hope that makes sense.
Just wanted to give everyone an update on our season. After a great week of practice, our top 11 players traveled to Owatonna to play an indoor doubles scrimmage against Faribault and Waseca. The Rockets, comprised of seniors all the way down to a 7th grader, represented JM well with competitive play and great behavior. At the end of the day they walked away with a combined record of 10-0 in matches - a great start to the season!
John and I wanted to welcome you all to the JM Boys tennis team and this activities page. We also have some information that we want to share with you so everyone can make plans. First of all, our team begins practice next Monday, March 25th at 330-5pm at the JM tennis courts. Please pray for warm weather so that the snow on the courts melts! If weather is looking bad/rainy for Monday please check this page for any updates to practice time and location. Boys, on Monday dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to do some tennis court maintenance including putting up windscreens, taking care of leaves and snow, and general cleanup. We realize some of you may be gone for part or all of spring break so if that's the case, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to let me know if and when you're gone. Hopefully we'll have most everyone at practice during spring break since we have a doubles invite indoors in Owatonna Saturday, March 30!!
The second important announce is that the PAC Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 630pm in the JM Auditorium. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for all the tennis boys and at least one of their parents. Our Athletic Director will give a short presentation to all spring sport athletes and then the boys tennis team will meet in one of the JM classrooms (when I know which classroom I'll let you know) for a short meeting.
Please let me know if you have any questions about practice, the PAC meeting, or any other details. We're looking forward to a great season!
Josh Heiden and John Scheuermann
You will need to make sure that your physical is on file in the athlete/activities office and is up to date and does not expire prior to June 8, 2019 or you will need to get a new one. The registration software will NOT allow you to register if you don’t have one on file or will expire. Please go to www.johnmarshallrockets.org to register.
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