With the yearly All-Town tourney signalling the unofficial get started of the lads season on Saturday, town and space avid gamers are nonetheless settling into their roles and flight positions on their groups.

All will likely be challenged to get issues discovered temporarily as this is a dash to the postseason with regionals coming fast on Oct. 10-12 and the state finals apparently proper across the nook on Oct. 18-19.

Result of the All-Town tennis match weren’t to be had as of this tale going to press. Go back to www.battlecreekenquirer.com for effects.

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This is a longer glance at the key town and space boys tennis groups for 2019 (Struggle Creek Central and St. Philip wouldn’t have varsity groups this season):

Gull Lake

Trainer: Warner Offord (1st season)

2018: 4-6

Most sensible returners: Danny Keene (sr.), Jackson Mendez (sr.), Kylie Chrisman (jr.), Zach Collard (jr.)

Outlook: Gull Lake could have a brand new head trainer in 2019 with Warner Offord taking on, who has 15 years of tennis training revel in total. The Blue Devils have a tender crew and hope to be enjoying their very best tennis on the finish of the yr as they have got moved all the way down to Department Three this season and can keep away from one of the crucial hardest areas within the state, which has held them out of the Department 2 state meet a number of instances lately. Seniors at No. 1 and No. 2 singles will lead the crew – that includes Danny Keene and Jackson Mendez.

“I feel we can simplest be as robust as our weakest hyperlink. We’ve numerous possible and the student-athletes are excited for the season. We can glance to develop and broaden right through the season. So on the finish I’m hoping we can be completing robust. The demanding situations for the fourth singles and fourth doubles had been tremendous aggressive, like a convention or regional championship form of really feel. So optimistically that can pay dividends on the finish of the season,” Offord stated.

Harper Creek

Trainer: Don Hudson (third season)

2018: 9-3; second at All-Town

Most sensible returners: Typhoon Rowles (sr.), Jackson Wilcox (sr.), Chandler Froelich (sr.), Brendan Peck (sr.), Andrew Hooker (so.), Mitchell Kyger (so.), Ethan Hooker (sr.)

Outlook: Harper Creek misplaced some key seniors from a crew that put in combination a profitable season final yr and driven for a best spot within the Interstate eight Convention in addition to competing for an All-Town name. Key returners must fill within the void that commencement left with seniors like Typhoon Rowles, Jackson Wilcox, Chandler Froehlich and Brendan Peck in addition to Ethan Hooker enjoying larger roles.

“We misplaced part of our beginning lineup and  in some very key spots. So it’ll be a development yr for us, during which we can try to recover each and every week.The  avid gamers that we have got again are going to need to step up and compete at a better degree of tennis. Our league is at all times robust with perennial powers like Parma Western and Lumen Christi,” Hudson stated.


Trainer: Jeff Van Dis (4th season)

2018: 15-0-3, SMAC East champ; regional champs

Most sensible returners: Jacob VanDis (sr.), Cole Einhardt (jr.), Cole Henkel (sr.), Vikram Strander (sr.), James Hager (jr.), Sohan Desai (sr.), Kooper Etheridge (so.), Connor Miller (jr.)

Outlook: With 8 returning participants from a Lakeview crew that went undefeated within the common season, the Spartans are hoping for extra large issues in 2019. Lakeview shared the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Convention East Department name and gained the SMAC Convention Event, in addition to a regional name, qualifying for the state match. The Spartans will likely be led by way of all-conference returnees Cole Henkel, Jacob VanDis and James Hager.

“After the yr we had final yr, we now have numerous groups who be taking a look to overcome us. I’ve prime expectancies once more for our crew. Our power once more is that our avid gamers are prepared to paintings arduous every day at observe to make for a greater crew,” Jeff VanDis stated.


Trainer: Cristy Ortiz (second season)

2018: 9-16

Most sensible returners: Cooper Busse, Jacob Martinson, Grant Busse, Shea Morgan, Andrew Stetler, Will Hupenbecker, Roy Melluish, Jerome Korten, Cameron Nessell, Kody Chamberlain, Seth Lindsey.

Outlook: Marshall has numerous revel in because the Redhawks glance to position in combination a profitable season and to qualify for the state match. Marshall has 4 four-year varsity avid gamers, together with Cooper Busse, Grant Busse, Shea Morgan and Andrew Stetler. Giving the crew intensity are a core staff of much more returning varsity revel in, led by way of the three-varsity participant Will Hupenbecker.

“General, seeing what I’ve noticed up to now with the lads popping out on their very own all summer time and dealing on issues, they have got proven development over final yr already. We’ve a crew purpose of qualifying for state and in the event that they paintings arduous, they must do so purpose,” Ortiz stated.


Trainer: John Corcoran (28th season)

2018: 3-9

Most sensible returners: Jake Jones, Cam Reichel, Gavin Liggett, Zach Crandall, Reece Chapman

Outlook: Dropping some key seniors, Pennfield will likely be searching for some avid gamers to step up because the Panthers attempt to climb over the .500 mark and make a run within the Interstate eight Convention. Jake Jones has been within the beginning lineup for singles for a number of years now and brings revel in as Cam Reichel, Gavin Liggett, Zach Crandall and Reece Chapman glance to fill within the gaps.

“We misplaced six seniors from our crew from final yr, so we can be rebuilding. I actually like the way in which the children have labored up to now this yr. We must see a variety of development right through the season,” Corcoran stated.

Invoice Broderick will also be reached at [email protected] or 269-966-0678. Observe him on Twitter:@billbroderick

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