By Miranda Legg and Sam Weiser
Photos by Miranda Legg
With a determined look on his face and sweat rolling down his neck, sophomore Ryan Shean goes up to the net to hit the ball at tennis practice on Wednesday, Aug.12.
“A lot of us put countless hours in during the summer to get in shape so we can get better and be one of the best teams in the state,” said Shean.
Boys’ head tennis coach Rick Miller said that he is excited for the upcoming season.
“Right now we are looking good, but we do not base our season on how good we are at the beginning, we base it on how good we are at the end of it and if everybody works hard, we should be very successful this season,” said Miller.
Last year the Highlanders won sectionals for the twenty-eighth consecutive year. Miller said he thinks they have a good chance this year at defending their title.
“I think we will be able to win sectionals and regionals this year because we have returning players from last year’s team, and we do not have to play Jeff until the regional finals which is good because Jeff is a very good team,” said Miller.
According to Shean, this year’s seniors influence all of the younger players.
“Senior Patrick Hynes is someone who I have followed throughout my freshman year and he taught me the steps,” said Shean. “Also, he is just a person who stands out to the whole team because he is just a great influence to us all.”
Junior Tanner Goss also reflected on how the seniors impact the team.
“The seniors this year have taught us how to act as individuals and how to represent our school with class,” said Goss.
The boys said that their biggest rival this year is going to be Jeffersonville High School.
“Jeff has been one of our biggest rivals for the past three years I have been here because they are always a good team and give us their best every time,” said junior Reed Plunkett.
Shean said that their competition this season is going to be a hill that they will have to climb as a team.
“Sometimes our season is like the lottery,” said Shean. “It’s unpredictable, but if our team keeps working as hard as we are then we will do great.”