Those are the
numbers that Chesterton boys tennis coach Tom Bour sees.
“The hard part is
maintaining the success we’ve had the past several years,” Bour said as the
Trojans get set to open the season on Saturday at the South Bend St. Joe
Invite. “We are going for our fifth Sectional title in a row and our third
straight DAC title. We’re no secret anymore.”
The Trojans boast
30 players on the roster, proving depth shouldn’t be a problem for them.
“That’s a high
number, but all 30 earned their way on the team. We’re excited by the number
and now we have to build on it,” Bour said. “We lost a lot of talent and
leadership, but we’ll fill those gaps with talented kids that work really
hard. Our depth will win us a lot of matches this year.”
The lineup is yet
to be set, but returning starters like Chad Whelan, Nick Hanson, Luke Liapes
and Corydon Gaff will be counted on.
entrenched in challenge matches, but Chad Whelan is probably our best
overall player,” Bour said. “Nick hanson is returning from No. 2 and Luke
Liapes is right up there too. Corydon Gaff was a full-time varsity guy last
Drew Engels, James
Navarro and Azeez Lakhani will fight into the lineup as well.
“A lot of our
lineup will determine how our singles lineup will break out,” Bour said.
“The rest of those guys will fill in the doubles teams. All those guys can
play doubles though. I could easily see 12-14 guys lettering this year.
“That’s a tribute
to our depth. The competition in practice has been outstanding and that’s
what will make us good.”
The one at the end
of 5-3-1 is for the program’s first Regional win in the IHSAA Tournament.
“Our goals are very
realistic. We’re probably the DAC favorite, which puts you at the top of the
Sectional,” Bour said. “The next step for us is getting a win in the
Regional. We haven’t had that yet. That’s next for us and this group is