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Boys Tennis opens Saturday at SB St Joe Invite

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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.

“We’re still 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 year.”

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 capable.”



Posted 8/16/2018




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