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CHS Boys Tennis opens against Highland today

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By TR HARLAN

Chesterton boys tennis coach Tom Bour knows his team has put in the time. Starting Tuesday at home against Highland, he finds out if it was enough.

“Our expectations are as high as they’ve been in a long time,” Bour said. “Our boys really worked hard in the offseason and improved at every spot. We’ve lost some leadership and talent, but we’ve filled those shoes nicely.”

Sophomore Johny Mario returns to man the No. 1 singles spot after an 11-5 campaign last year that earned him All-Conference and All-District honors.

“He isn’t going to surprise anybody like he did last year,” Bour said. “This team has been focused on strong effort at practice, challenging themselves every day and more team confidence. Every day we talk about that.”

The No. 2 singles spot will be handled by Dylan Jayasuriya. The No. 3 spot returns Zac Nabhan, while Matt Jewison, Cameron Cook and Connor Archibald also will vie for time.

“Nobody played more than Dylan did in the off-season,” Bour said. “Zac will play a huge role in our success this year. He can play singles and doubles depending on the matchup.”

In doubles, Nabhan and Chris Fouts have put a stamp on the No. 1 spot, while James Jewison and Alec Emmons seem to have the inside track at No. 2.

“Practice has been outstanding,” Bour said. “This team isn’t looking ahead. They are just focused on what’s going on right now and it’s great to see them work this hard.”

Posted 8/19/2014