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2016-17 SWHS Boys Tennis Web News


Please see the right sidebar for 1) coach contact info & 2) scheduled matches 2017---->>>

News: We have new tennis balls and ball caddies!

Our first round of uniforms should arrive the week of spring break.
We still need coordinators for 1) carwash and 2) banquet.

The Car Wash date is set: Saturday, May 6,10-2
(rain date: 
Saturday, May 13, 10-2)
@ the Holiday Station in Uptown (NW corner of 25th & Hennepin).

-2-3 parent supervisors (for each shift) from 10-12 and 12-2.
-car soap
-buckets (six is probably sufficient)
-make/bring signs (anyone want to plan a sign making event for the boys?)
-bring lots of rags and towels
-set-up shift leader to get out hose and coordinate set up
-clean-up shift leader to put away hose away and coordinate clean up

Kathy Keehn will get pizza for the boys from Dominos across street.

Pasta dinners/Team bonding events:
        1) pre-Washburn@ Strom’s house
        2) Sunday, April 23: William Berestka & family host @Minnikahda Paddle Tennis Courts and Clubhouse
        3) pre-Sectionals@ Will Puzak’s house


New in 2017: Sign up for Southwest's "REMIND" text/email system. 
Choose how you receive messages from captains and coaches, including scheduled events and last minute updates.
Players and Parent/Boosters SIGN UP HERE. (
or text "@swtenni" to the number "81010"

Please also join our Facebook page to share info and photos: Southwest Boys Tennis Boosters


Boosters ask for a $150 donation per player made out to SW Boys Tennis Boosters
Our treasurer is Kathy Keehn, Strom's mom. Please feel free to hand her a check when you see her, or send it to: 
Kathy Keehn, 5616 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55419.


CAPTAINS' PRACTICES STARTED SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017, and continue through mid-March!

Time: Sundays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Dates: January 22, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19.
Place: Inner City Tennis, 4005 Nicollet Ave 55409.

No adults allowed on the courts.


From the Boosters:
Our tennis families generously fund the recurring costs of current and upcoming tennis seasons. Our team depends on per-player contributions to meet all pre/current/and post-season costs. We ask for a $150-per-player contribution, but ANY contribution amount is greatly appreciated, great and small. Please see the form below to donate and join the boosters today!

Our fundraising car wash also brings in $600-800 and is fun for players and families-- and it gets the boys to have some skin in the game-- they work hard and are rewarded with a great banquet and indoor court time the next winter

It takes a little organizing effort on the part of the parents after the gas station is booked, so watch for more info to come!

What you get for your Investment (ROI):_vs._Similar activities' value:
10-12 winter captains’ practices_____________ $420 for 10-12 clinics

2h practice sessions, daily_________________ $50 student rate daily

15 regular season matches________________ $60 each tournament

daily coaching__________________________ $25 clinic coaching, per hour

Remember: your money supports the winter captains’ practices, the welcome pizza party, pre-match pasta parties, the end of year banquet, and coach stipends in addition to all off-season court time, so please be generous!

Please make contributions to Southwest Boys Tennis Boosters c/o Kathy Keehn, 5616 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55419. To make a tax-deductible donation, make a check payable to Southwest High School and be sure to note “for Boys Tennis” (preferably, still send to Kathy). If you must mail directly to the school to qualify for matching funds from your employer, please notify Kathy and send the check to Sharon Larson, c/o Southwest High School, 3414 W 47th, Minneapolis MN 55410.

*If you have to miss a practice or match, notify coach ASAP, no later than the day before if at all possible* contact info at top of right sidebar OR USE "REMIND "TO TEXT THE GROUP----->
It is your duty to your teammates to be accountable for any absences so we can plan the best practices possible.

Practice Schedule

Every day of tennis season has either practice or matches. (Find match info in right sidebar)

Practice is from 3:30-5:45. Please be on time!

Most practices and home matches will be at Linden Hills, Pershing Park, or Lynnhurst Tennis Courts, as available.
Indoor Courts will be secured as necessary for weather: usually Inner City Tennis/ICT, Fred Wells/FWTEC, or Baseline/U of M.

Match Schedule
Match dates and locations are posted in the right sidebar. For most matches, athletes report to the bus between 2:30-3:00pm depending on travel time, and are on the courts by 3:30. Matches normally begin between 3-4pm (see right sidebar).

Match Locations & Results
Varsity match directions & results available on the MHSL website.
Link to 2014 MSHSL Boys Tennis (SW page) including major dates for 2014 season, with start of season/ practice (3/24/14), section playoffs, etc.


Become a member of the USTA to play in USTA tournaments off-season: to become a member, click here. You can search for USTA tournaments HERE.

Pasta Parties at Strom and Will P's
4/23 Paddle Tennis Party at Minnikahda with Will B


Car Wash: Saturday May 6,10-2 (rain date: Saturday May 13, 10-2)
@ the Holiday Gas Station in Uptown (NW corner of 25th & Hennepin).

Banquet: TBD

We hope to see many new parents and fans cheering on our players this season.
...and don't let the boys fool you: parents DO attend matches, and more are always welcome!

See an example of our Tennis Booster newsletter here: