Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae Bobcats' Men's Tennis Team has added two new players to their roster. Two sophomore transfers, Shaun Sumner and Romulus Teague, were welcomed to the team in January and are training for the upcoming Spring 2007 Season.
Shaun Sumner transferred from Alamance Community College after hearing about Lees-McRae from friend and now teammate, Charley Whiteley. Sumner says he had seen Paul Goode play in the Crown State Closed Tournament and knew there was much he could learn from him.
Encouragement to visit by both Whiteley and Coach Goode in combination with Sumner's desire to play college tennis brought Shaun to Banner Elk on a recruiting trip last fall. Thoroughly impressed by the school and coaching, Sumner took the offer and became a member of the Lees-McRae College community and the team.
Coach Goode commented. "Shaun is the type of player who will do whatever it takes to reach his potential. Shaun approaches his tennis with a high level of dedication and discipline. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do this spring." Sumner says that his first weeks at LMC have supported his first impression of the school and the hard work and dedication of the coaching staff and his teammates reassures him he made the right choice.
Romulus Teague, a transfer from Mars Hill, was first introduced to Lees-McRae College and the Banner Elk area during ski trips while he was growing up. Teague competed in races when he was younger and Sugar and Beech Mountain were consistent competition sites. However, it was former teammate, Zack Williams, who brought those memories to the present. Williams, Coach Goode's assistant at Hound Ears Country Club, played with Teague throughout their childhood, into high school, and now college.
Coach Goode has been pleased with Teague's progress thus far. Coach Goode said. "Rom has come in with a great attitude. He is great to have on the team, he comes in to practice and gives his best every day. I have high hopes for him this spring."
This connection led to Teague's initial visit to Lees-McRae and
his first meeting with Coach Goode. Teague said his first
impression of Goode and Lees-McRae was very positive and the
enthusiasm both the students and players showed was a key factor in
his decision to come to Lees-McRae. Since his commitment to LMC
and move to Banner Elk, Teague says he is very happy with the team,
the school, and his decision to be a Bobcat.