This is a continuation of a series of articles the newspaper is doing about Chariton High School spring sport athletes who are seniors who are unable to participate in spring athletics during their final year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be articles about all the senior spring sport athletes on each week’s sports page from now until they are completed.
There are a total of 36 CHS seniors who are listed to be out for spring sports this year including track, soccer, golf and tennis. The newspaper is going to try to interview all of the senior spring athletes.
Fidel Reyes Cardoso Jr. was a member of the Chariton High School boys tennis team.
This would’ve been Cardoso’s fourth year out for tennis. He played mainly on JV as well as some on Varsity in the past.
Cardoso went over his hopes/goals for this season. “I was hoping to just have a good time with my friends and I also expected to play more Varsity this season,” he said.
Cardoso also said what he liked most about being out for tennis.
“For me, tennis was mostly about making bonds with my classmates and to further develop friendships,” he said.
Cardoso also said that he likes the CHS boys tennis coach, Brian Zimmerli. “He’s really good at explaining the fundamentals of tennis and he helped me grow a lot as a player,” Cardoso said.
Cardoso thinks the CHS boys would’ve had a good team this year with enough good players returning. The Chariton boys tennis team had a great year last year by winning the South Central Conference Tournament. They also placed third in District competition to advance to Substate, where they lost to a very good Grinnell team that made it to State. Chariton lost four of their six varsity players from last season, including their top two singles players, Billy Rouw and Stan Kutsel.
Cardoso also said that there wasn’t a favorite meet he liked to play at or court he liked to play on.
Read the June 30, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.