Chris Jones, Wheaton Academy, Jr.
Wheaton Academy’s lone state qualifier, Jones went 2-2 at the IHSA state tournament, including a straight-set, opening-round victory.
John King, Marmion, So.
King went 25-7, with his final two wins coming at the IHSA state tournament. Was Suburban Christian Conference singles champion and runner-up at sectionals.
Jasper Koenen, St. Charles East, Sr.
Repeat KCC Boys Tennis Player of the Year and Michigan State recruit went 31-2 as a senior while advancing to the quarterfinal round in the winner’s bracket at the state tournament. The four-time sectional singles champion won his first conference title and did not lose a set until the state tournament.
Ryan Doeckel (Sr.)-John Potts (Sr.), Geneva
Geneva’s No. 1 doubles team capped its 26-12 season with a trio of wins at the state tournament. Doeckel, a three-time state qualifier, will play collegiately at North Central.
Adam Maris (Jr.)-Ryan Sterling (Sr.), Batavia
The UEC River doubles champions and sectional runners-up finished with a 34-6 record and won their first two matches at the state tournament. Most wins by a doubles team in program history.
George Spoerl (Sr.)-Alex Winters (So.), St. Charles East
State-qualifying No. 1 Saints doubles tandem went 2-2 at IHSA state tournament after anchoring East’s doubles lineup throughout the spring.
Grant Spellman (Sr.)-Aaron Amburgey (Jr.), St. Charles North
In their first year playing together, duo went 35-7, including St. Charles East Sectional championship and three wins at IHSA state tournament. Spellman finished North career with 109 wins.
Matt Ernst, St. Charles North, So.
Nick Huang, Geneva, Sr.
Nick Kovach, St. Francis, Fr.
Tim Murat, Batavia, Sr.
Ricky Angsten (Sr.)-Kevin Hoss (Sr.), Marmion
Jeff Lorden (Sr.)-Josh Boyle (Jr.), Batavia
Keith Hedges (Sr.)-Mitch Riggs (Sr.), St. Charles North
COACH OF THE YEAR
Brad Nelson, Batavia
Nelson guided the Bulldogs to an improbable conference championship as Batavia prevailed with an excellent conference tournament showing after regular season dual meet losses to St. Charles East and St. Charles North. Cultivated strong doubles depth as each of Bulldogs’ top three teams won 28 matches or more, including No. 3 team of his son, Andrew Nelson, and fellow sophomore Emerson Hinzy, that went 28-5. Bulldogs were dominant at weekend invitationals throughout regular season.
– By Jay Schwab,