Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 16, 2013

New-look Shoes aim to keep tradition alive

TEUTOPOLIS — Since taking over as the boys tennis coach four seasons ago, Kaye Kimpling’s teams have enjoyed plenty of success. Teutopolis has gone 36-4 in the previous three seasons, continually being one of the area’s most feared opponents.

This year the Wooden Shoes will attempt to continue their recent string of domination, but will have to do so without a bulk of last year’s roster, including state singles qualifier Joey Flach.

”We lost all but two of the varsity,” Kimpling said. “Kyle Brumleve is No. 1 this year, he played fourth last year. Ryan Westendorf played seventh, so they are the only two left.”

Brumleve and Westendorf provide the Wooden Shoes with at least a little bit of carry over from 2012, and Brumleve will be Teutopolis’ No. 1 singles player as a junior. Kimpling says Brumleve has stayed plenty busy this offseason, and that he should hopefully be ready to go full swing when the season starts this Saturday, in spite of the recent weather.

”Kyle has been to some tournaments,” she said. “T-Town kids are good about that, they get on the courts all the time.”

Westendorf, a senior, will start the season as No. 2 on the singles lineup. Kimpling says he has plenty of talent in singles, but will also be a force in doubles action.

”He will do pretty decent at singles,” she said, “but he is a really good doubles player. He’ll make an impact in doubles.”

Coming in at No. 3 singles is Matt Grunloh, a physically imposing senior that will be counted on to step up and win some matches for the Wooden Shoes this spring.

”Matt’s just a big, strong guy,” Kimpling said. “He will muscle his way around the court.”

Newcomer Andy Mersman will also play an integral role for Teutopolis at No. 4 singles, and Kimpling is expecting Mersman to carry on the family name.

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