RIGHT HERE.>>>NOW, YOUR LOCAL SPORTS WITH COLLIN CALVERT.>>Collin: IT’S BEEN A YEAR OF A MILESTONE FOR THE BRAINERD BOYS TENNIS TEAM SO FAR THIS SEASON. THEY’RE OFF TO A HOT TWELVE AND TWO START BEHIND THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR LEGENDARY HEAD COACH. CLAYTON CASTLE HAS MORE FROM THE WARRIORS.>>Clayton: IT’S WARMING UP OUTSIDE IN BRAINERD BUT NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. THE BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS TEAM IS OFF TO A HOT START. HE CREDITS THE DEDICATION OF THE PLAYERS TO THE SPORT.>>A LOT OF THESE ARE 2 AND 3 AND 4 ATHLETES, TOO. THERE ARE SUMMER PROGRAMS, AND MAY BE 2 OR 3 OR 4 ATHLETES THAT REALLY HAD HELP. BUT THEY LOVE TENNIS. THEY ARE A NICE GROUP TO DEAL WITH.>>Clayton: THE TEAM IS LED BY JUNIOR TANNER BUNKSBERG, AND HE BELIEVES HE’S HAVING A BETTER SEASON IN IN 2017.>>I HAVE BEEN HITTING WELL, AND GOT MORE POWER IN MY GAME.>>Clayton: COACH THOMPSON AGREES.>>HE’S GOT GREAT GAME, GOOD HANDS, AND HE CAN ANTICIPATE SHOTS WELL, AND HE’S ALL AROUND PLAYER, AND HE CAN MOVE WELL, VOLLEY, GO TO THE NET, AND HE’S THAT PLAYER YOU WANT TO HAVE ON YOUR TEAM. HE KEEPS US SOLID AS A NO. 1 PLAYER.>>Clayton: BUT ALL OF THE SUCCESS WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE OF BRUCE THOMPSON WHO RECENTLY WON HIS 200th MATCH.>>I DON’T EVEN COUNT. THEY TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON, BUT A LOT OF TENNIS I HAVE BEEN AROUND. I STARTED PROBABLY BRAND NEW, AND I PUT A FEW YEARS INTO THE COURTS. IT’S NICE. YOU CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GUYS LIKE SEARSY. BUT FOR ME IT’S A GOOD MILESTONE, I THINK.>>Clayton: AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH, THE PLAYERS LOVE PLAYING FOR HIM, TOO..>3hÂ■VL FOR HIM, TOO..>3hÂ■VL L&+mI.8T US AND TREATS ALL OF US WITH RESPECT. HE’S A VERY GOOD COACH, AND WE LIKE HAVING THEM.>>Clayton: REPORTING IN BRAINERD, CLAYTON CASTLE, LAKELAND NEWS. NEWS.

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