Tom Bour doesn’t believe in rebuilding.
Heading into his second season as head coach of the Chesterton boys tennis
team, Bour loses six seniors, but likes the way the program is heading.
“Our program is trending in a very positive way,” Bour said. “We won four
matches in 2011 and doubled that to eight in 2012. We went from seventh in
the DAC to fourth and expect to push for those top two or three spots this
And Bour expects that to begin immediately when the Trojans open the season
tonight at Highland.
“We’re a stronger team this year and it’s hard to say that when you lose six
seniors,” Bour said “Five of those were varsity players, but the younger
kids have worked so hard, I feel like we’ve upgraded.”
Freshman Johny Mario will lead the singles lineup at No. 1. Sophomores Dylan
Jayasuriya and Zac Nabhan will handle duties at No. 2 and No. 3.
“Our offseason work and work ethic on the court is huge,” Bour said. “These
young guys play tennis all year and they have worked so hard. They are here
all the time playing and that’s what it takes. They love being here and all
the future success is due to those types of guys.”
In doubles, the Trojans will put seniors Trey Moffett and Conner Kuhnle
together at No. 1, while senior Tom McGue and sophomore Chris Fouts will
play No. 2.
“We’ll have two first-year players in the lineup led by freshman Johny Mario
at No. 1 and sophomore Chris Fouts playing at No. 2 doubles,” Bour said.
“Our returning players in Trey Moffett, Conner Kuhnle and Zac Nabhan all
have varsity experience and Dylan Jayasuriya is up from the JV where he was
pretty dominant last year.”
The Trojans may also get varsity play from junior James Jewison and
sophomore Conner Archbald.
“We’ve got pretty good depth and we’re pretty versatile,” Bour said. “At
least five of our guys are just as comfortable in singles or doubles. That
makes the competition level in practice really good. They are getting
challenged every day.
“I’ve been coaching since 1998 and, in terms of depth and talent, this is
one of the best teams we’ve had here.”