Tom Bour is
The fourth year
head coach of the Chesterton girls tennis team will have his work cut out
for him and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m ecstatic for
the season to start. Let’s get these young kids some experience and see
where it goes,” Bour said. “We’ll take some lumps, but we have a lot of
girls that just really work hard. The talent level may not be there up and
down the lineup, but we know we’ll get the effort every match.
“I think that will
show up at the end of the season when we need to be playing our best.”
The Trojans open
the season on Saturday at the Logansport Tournament.
“We have a lot of
shoes to fill,” Bour said. “This is the youngest we’ve ever been. We could
have three freshmen in the varsity lineup.”
In singles, the
Trojans have four players battling for three spots in junior Olivia Vesling,
sophomore Peyton Martinson and freshmen Milena Veltri and Leah Rochford.
“Those are our top
four single players,” Bour said. “Whichever one doesn’t end up in singles
will play doubles.”
Ellenwood will fill one of the spots at No. 1 doubles, while classmate
Rachel Byrnside, juniors Christian Charlson and Anna Gardner, sophomore
Libby Gibson and freshman Lilly Putchaven will battle for the rest of the
“We have 9 or 10
kids that we can count on,” Bour said. “I think we’ll settle in on a lineup,
but it may take a few weeks to figure out exactly where we are.”