Members of the 2018 Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity tennis team included Kristian Wehrfritz, Warren Young, Reilly Linkel, Jacob Fallica, Alex Eason, Cameron Craig, Ashton Lozano, Luiz Estacio, Eli Shein, Winslow Jeffery, Kyle Collin, Trevor Morrison, Kevin Waldron, Marshall Reiff and Finn Seyffer. Elvi Shelton was the coach. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

JV tennis posts solid season under new coach



BAR HARBOR — When Mount Desert Island High School went looking for a new junior varsity tennis coach this past offseason, it found someone with quite the résumé.

Originally from the Spanish capital of Madrid, Trenton’s Elvi Shelton has played at the Division I college and professional levels. In college she played for the University of Central Florida. This past season, she helped MDI’s next generation of tennis players prepare for the varsity level as their new coach.

“I’ve been playing since I was 4, but since college I’ve been coaching,” Shelton said. “This was my first time with a high school team, and I was excited for it.”

She has coached the sport individually after graduating from college, but she wasn’t quite sure what to expect with 16 players on the team. The students, she said, made the experience a very positive one for her.

“All of them were nice to each other and friends on and off the court,” Shelton said. “There was absolutely no drama at any point. I wasn’t expecting that with so many high school kids.”

Members of the tennis team were Kristian Wehrfritz, Warren Young, Reilly Linkel, Jacob Fallica, Alex Eason, Cameron Craig, Ashton Lozano, Luiz Estacio, Eli Shein, Winslow Jeffery, Kyle Collin, Trevor Morrison, Kevin Waldron, Marshall Reiff and Finn Seyffer.

As is the case with most tennis coaches, Shelton coached both the boys’ and girls’ squads.

Toward the end of the season, the MDI players took on a task they hadn’t all year long when they faced Brewer in singles play. Although the Trojans had only played doubles all season, the players were ready for a new endeavor.

“It was unusual because most JV teams don’t play any singles, but we had the chance, wanted to try something new,” Shelton said. “They gave it a shot and did very well. It was an awesome thing to see.”

Some of the players from this year’s JV squad will graduate or make the move up to the varsity level next year, while others are set to return. Regardless, the future of MDI tennis is in excellent hands going forward.

“I thought this was a great group of kids, and they were ready to play and willing to learn,” Shelton said. “I thought the point we reached at the end of the season was a huge step up from at the beginning. I could see them getting better every day.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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