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Smoky Valley’s Max Bieker – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Salina Regional Sports Medicine

By Matt Browning

For Smoky Valley’s Max Bieker, the boys tennis season could not come fast enough.

The Vikings return everybody from last season’s team, which tied for third at the Class 3-1A Tournament.

The most notable returning player is Bieker, who as a junior last season, was one of the top singles players in state.

“I felt like we stopped short of our potential last season and I hope to bring home a state plaque at the end of the year,” Bieker said. “As a senior, it is a bittersweet moment to realize that this year could be my last, however, I am hopeful to end on a high note.”

The way season ended last season left Bieker feeling motivated shortly after the conclusion. He has been consistent in his training in hopes that it pays off in May.

“With the help of my teammate, Keaton Leiker, I have been able to get out and hit on a daily basis,” Bieker said. “Genesis Health Club has also been a very helpful tool when it comes to getting some lessons in. I believe that when the season rolls around, I will be confident in my abilities.”

Bieker does not have specific goals in mind for he and his teammates, but generally speaking, he just wants to see improvement.

“As I stated, all six of our varsity is returning this season so I think we have a lot to look forward to,” Bieker said. “As a team, we tied for third at state last year but unfortunately, didn’t get to take home a plaque. I think if we set our goals high this year we will see great results.”

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