BY COLIN HITCH
Here in Wadsworth, Ohio most students at WHS know that there is a tennis team, but don’t know who is involved or how the program competes with other teams in the area and in the Suburban League. Approaching the end of season tournament, both the varsity and junior varsity teams are playing well, and although there have been ups and downs, the season as a whole is thus far successful.
There are seven players on the varsity squad led by Coach Halicki: TJ Lockwood, Carter Moore, Noah Porter, Will Virgin, Sam Hanna, Demetri Laikos, and Beau Casey (all sophomores.) Their season record is 9-7, 3-4 in the Suburban League. Coming off a successful season as Suburban League champions last year, they graduated nearly the entire varsity squad from last year. They play every match in a best three out of five setup, with three singles players playing matches and four more players playing in two separate doubles matches. The matches can take upwards of two-three hours and require consistent power, accuracy, and mental ability.
The JV team follows the same format and has eleven players, ranging from freshman to juniors. They are lead by Coach Snyder and team Captains Jacob Brown(10) and Andrew DePero(11) and so far are having a very successful season, being 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the Suburban League. The two teams play the same opponent every matchday, with one team being away and one at home.
“We can see ourselves being even better next year if we keep up the hard work. We have a young varsity and even younger JV team, so we are only going to get better,” said Team Captain Jacob Brown(10.)
This Saturday, April 29, the Varsity team will play in the Suburban League championship tournament at Highland High School. The boys have a good shot at repeating if they can focus and follow the Coaches’ leadership. The tournament runs from 8 AM until the end of the day. It is the main event of the season and will be the near-conclusion of the season for the boys, who will still play a couple matches next week.
“We are looking forward to the tournament on Saturday in hopes that we can repeat as Suburban League Champions,” said Noah Porter(10).
Although the tennis team may be one of the more obscure ones here at Wadsworth High School, the matches are always intense and are best seen for yourself before the season comes to a close for the 2017 year.