Boys tennis teams at a glance
Coach – Joel Justice
2012 highlights – Finished with a 3-7 record in Continental League.
Top players – Cody Carlton, Jr.; Josh Hunter, Soph.; Greg Connelly, Jr.
2013 outlook – Justice is the new Sabercats coach, replacing Mike Schneider. He can build around underclassmen Carlton, Hunter and Connelly.
Say what? – “I am looking for the program to be in the top half of our league and see improvement over the season,” said Justice.
Coach – Peter Weyhrich
2012 highlights – Finished fourth in Continental League with 7-3 record.
Top players – Eric Kwiatowski, Sr.; Ryan Beckstrom, Jr.
2013 outlook – Kwiatowski is coming off a good summer campaign and is poised to have a strong senior year in the No. 1 singles spot. Beckman placed third at No. 2 singles in the regionals and has improved his game.
Say what? – “In a tough Continental League, we have the ability to compete with the top teams. Our team is a close-knit group and they are looking to build off last year’s success,” said Weyhrich.
Coach – Kirk Price
2012 highlights – Won Class 5A state championship.
Top players – Conner McPherson, Sr.; Jake Miller, Sr.; Noah Reiss, Jr.; Harshil Dwivedi, Jr.; Robert Hakulin, Sr; Zach Fryer, Sr.
2013 outlook – To say anything other than the Bruins will be a state championship contender would be foolish. McPherson won the No. 2 singles state championship last season. Miller was part of the No. 2 doubles title pair, Reiss played on the championship No. 3 doubles team and Dwivedi was half of the championship No. 4 doubles duo. Fryer is back after taking a season off, some young players and transfers will add to the Bruins’ strength.
Say what? – “Our team is going to be almost as strong as it’s ever been this coming year,” said Price.
Coach – Craig Marshall
2012 highlights – 7-2 in Continental League, 7-3 overall.
Top players – Mitchell Swim, Sr.; Davis Page, Jr.; Michael Maxwell, Jr.; Jacob Maxwell, Soph.; Monroe Porter, Soph.; Adam Liss, Jr.; Aaron Liss. Jr.
2013 outlook – After losing six players to graduation from a team that qualified nine players for the state tournament, the Titans will be young and loaded with potential.
Say what – “The future looks bright for the Titans since only two of the 32 players on the varsity and junior varsity are seniors,” said Marshall.
Coach – Jim Flanigan
2012 highlights – Won Continental League championship with a 9-0 to end Regis Jesuit’s long reign. The Golden Eagles were seventh in the Class 5A state meet.
Top players – Vignesh Senthilvel, Sr.; Vamsi Senthivel, Soph.; Maciek Lazarski, Sr.; Alex Boyarko, Sr.; Ben Antonsen, Frosh; Austin Groyoncowski, Jr.
2013 outlook – Five state qualifiers return to what should be an elite Mountain Vista team. Vamsi Senthivel and Boyarko finished fourth in No. 4 doubles at the Class 5A state meet.
Say what? – “Creek will be tough but we will give them and Fairview a run for their money if we stay healthy,” said Flanigan.
Coach – Chad Hanson
2012 highlights – Wound up 3-8 in Continental League.
Top players – Jacob Appleby, Sr.; Brett Jones, Sr.; Jack Paisley, Frosh.
2013 outlook – Appleby returns at No. 1 singles but the Grizzlies will likely garner a lot of points in doubles.
Coach - Bill Epping
2012 highlights - 6-4
Top players - Erik Ratkelis, Sr.; Drake Bailey, Sr.; Michael Pistilli, Sr.; Jimmy Amundson, Jr.; Hunter Case, Jr.
2013 outlook - Eagles have formidable players at the top that could help the team survive a difficult schedule. Valor lost six seniors and two transfers from last year’s team that sent six players to Pueblo for the Class 4A tournament.
Say what? - “With the work effort that the boys have shown during the previous years, they are confident that the lineup will be strong throughout by the end of the season,” said Epping.