MINNETONKA WASN’T SUPPOSED TO WIN THE STATE TITLE BUT THEY BEAT THE TOP TWO RANKED TEAMS TO TAKE THE TITLE. THEY DID A WITH A FAMILIAR NAME HELPING TO LEAD THE WAY. MINNETONKA LOOK LIKE A LOT OF TEAMS OF THE STATE TOURNAMENT, A COMPETITIVE SQUAD WITH NERVOUS PARENTS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A PARENT WATCHING YOUR KIDS? IT’S NERVE-RACKING BUT THEY LIKE THE COMPETITION AND THEY LIKE TO PLAY. COMING FROM BEHIND IS A BIG DEAL. TENNIS IS A UNIQUE SPORT WHICH HAS A COMBINATION OF TEAM AND SOLO COMPETITIONS. SOME OF THEM GET A CHANCE TO PLAY AS INDIVIDUALS ALONG WITH THE TEAM. THAT’S UNIQUE TO TENNIS AND WRESTLING. TO WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AS A TEAM, WHILE BEING AN INDIVIDUAL, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FORMULATE THAT. THIS SEASON IT WAS MAINLY THE TEAM WITHOUT AN INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIER, THEY WON THE TITLE. THEY DID IT WITH A FAMILIAR NAME, WHEATON. HE WAS JUST A FRESHMAN AND THEN YOU — THEN HE WON THE STATE INDIVIDUAL TITLE. HE IS NOW THE PROUD UNCLE OF TWO SKIPPERS THAT HELPED THEM WIN IT. NOW I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR MY PARENTS AND FAMILY TO WATCH ME PLAY. IT’S NERVE-RACKING. IT’S A LOT HARDER ON THE COURT. AS NERVE-RACKING AS IT IS IN THE STANDS, IT’S MUCH HARDER ON THE COURT. IF YOU THINK THAT IS DIFFICULT, TRY BEING THE NEPHEW TO DAVID WHEATON. IT MEANS A LOT. THE EXPECTATIONS, I CAN’T REALLY LIVE UP TO MY UNCLE BUT I CAN TRY MY BEST TO WORK AS HARD AS I CAN. WHAT DAVID WHEATON MASTERED BACK IN HIS DAY IS STILL TRUE TODAY. I THINK THE MOST OF WHAT THE PRINCIPLE IN ALL OF SPORTS IS TO STAY IN THE PRESENT. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU WIN OR LOSE THE POINT TOUR MATCH, LOOKING BACK AND BEING DOWN ON YOURSELF FOR A BAD PLAY, THAT’S NOT GOING TO HELP YOU IN THE PRESENT. IT’S ONLY GOING TO HURT YOU. IT’S HARD FOR HIM BECAUSE HE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME. HE TELLS ME TO BE AGGRESSIVE. WHAT UNCLE DAVID OBSERVED WAS PRETTY GOOD TENNIS THAT WAS PRETTY FUN TO WATCH. IT IS VERY FUN TO WATCH.

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Dennis Veasley

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  1. Mike Max is a very biased reporter. If there is no connections to fame, he doesn't cover anything. Two years ago this team was beaten by a different school and Mike didn't cover it and did a very boring tennis story instead.

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