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Steamboat Springs names new girls tennis coach

Kristyn Wykert has been named as the new head coach of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When the phone rang a week and a half ago, Kristyn Wykert got the call she has been hoping for since learning that longtime tennis coach John Aragon was stepping down as head of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis program.

"I'm very excited to be a role model for these girls," Wykert said. "I feel very honored to be taking over what he is passing on."

Aragon, who coached the Sailors to 13 regional titles in nearly two decades as the team's head coach, said last week that he felt the timing was right, and Wykert was ready to fill his shoes.

“She is ready to take over the program, and she will be a great fit,” Aragon said. “The girls love her, and she is the type of person that always gives a little extra.”

Wykert played high school tennis at Laramie High School before going to Colorado Mesa University where she played all four years with the Mavericks in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

She earned All-RMAC honors in singles and doubles and also pocketed All-RMAC honors for her work in the classroom while competing for the college. She finished her college career with 60 singles wins — the sixth most in school history — and 63 doubles wins, which was also sixth most in school history.

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She is currently working as a teaching professional at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and is eager to begin her first year as the Sailors head coach.

"I always wanted to do something with the high school level,” Wykert said.

She is now counting the days until the start of the Western Slope Conference's spring season, and the opening day of practice on Feb. 25. She is also thrilled to be leading the team as it begins its quest to bring home another regional title in 2018.

"Traditionally, the girls have won regionals, and that would be nice to get that back," Wykert said. "We didn't win it last year, so I think that is a good goal for us to go for."

Wykert said the team has a good core of returning players, and she believes they will bring leadership and depth to the team.

"I'm shooting for a good year,” Wykert said. “I think we can go far. I think if the girls really want it, we can do well at state."

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