The Lewis and Clark Men's Tennis program is announcing that Neil Berkel from Triad High School will be joining the team for the 2011/2012 season.
Berkel is a 4.0 student and participates in Math Club and Church Retreats. He plays #1/#2 singles and #2 doubles for the Triad Knights.
Berkel brings an all around game - characterized by persistence, consistency, and selective net play - to the Blazers' squad. He has been All Conference for the past two years, placed fourth in sectionals singles play, and competed at the state tournament in 2010.
Berkel will be following a scientific course of study with an emphasis on Math and Chemistry at Lewis and Clark. He hasn't decided a specific career path yet, but can see himself teaching some day.
"I've already told Neil that I'll probably nickname him 'Professor Berkel'," joked Coach Humphrey, "But in all seriousness, he's going to be a great addition to our team. He's very thoughtful, is a good athlete and shows a lot of grit and determination on the court. I can't wait to start working with him in the fall."