tennis coach Tom Bour has turned the program into one of the area’s best,
now he has to keep it going.
The Trojans lost a
lot of talent from last year’s Sectional championship team, but should fill
in the gaps as they pursue a fourth straight Sectional crown.
“ We lost a lot of
talent and leadership from last year,” Bour said. “We’ve become a program
that just fills in the lineup with more talent and youth. We’ll do what we
can. Our expectations are as high as they’ve always been. We’re looking to
win a fourth Sectional in a row and win the DAC.”
Five seniors are on
the Chesterton roster led by No. 1 singles player Matt Jewison. Jewison
played No. 2 singles for the Trojans a year ago.
“With Matt, we’ve
got a lot of experience at the top of the lineup,” Bour said.
Junior Chad Whelan
will man the No. 2 singles spot and sophomore Nick Hanson looks poised to
take over at No. 3 singles.
“ We’ve been
talking about how the program is a success now because everyone is buying
in,” Bour said. “The guys are committing to tennis and getting better every
year. If you’re happy playing No. 5 doubles then you won’t be here.”
In doubles, senior
Blake Ellenwood will team with sophomore Luke Liapes at No. 1. Senior Paul
Petro will form one half of the No. 2 doubles squad with sophomore Drew
Engels and senior Creighton Gaff fighting to be his teammate.
“Depth is our
strength,” Bour said. “We’ll be strong 5-6 deep and that will win us a lot
of matches. The kids know what we expect out of them. We compete every day
in practice. Not only are we doing drills and conditioning, but they play a
match every day.”