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Sports

Boys Tennis: Previewing the teams from around Kane County

The boys tennis season is underway. Here is a preview of teams from around Kane County.

BATAVIA BULLDOGS

Coach: Brad Nelson

2018 record: 18-3

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Brogan Pierce jr. singles

Chase Bremmer sr. singles

Benn Lirot jr. singles

Cullen Bremmer so. doubles

Griffijn Unterberg jr. doubles

Ben Grizaffi sr. doubles

Drew Lillig sr. doubles

Kipp Knecht sr. doubles

Outlook: Pierce, a Western Michigan signee, is back for another run at the state tournament. Bremmer, a Taylor University recruit, also qualified for state last spring. The Bulldogs have a deep team filled with experience, especially in doubles.

“We will be very strong at the top of our singles lineup with Pierce and Bremner playing their third year in those spots,” Nelson said. “If we can improve our service returns, play strong mentally and find some doubles teams that work well together, this will be an outstanding season for us. We have the talent and experience to win every weekend tournament and compete for a conference and sectional title.”

GENEVA VIKINGS

Coach: Ryan Barabasz

2018 record: 7-6

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Andrew Borse sr. singles

Sam Mickus so. doubles

Eric Anderson Sr. doubles

Joel Peruba sr. doubles

Kyle Fisher sr. doubles

Michael Page sr. singles

Outlook: The Vikings have eight returning varsity players and only two sophomores. Borse was moved from doubles to singles at the end of last season. The doubles team of Anderson and Mickus have a high upside, according to Barabasz.

“The strength of our team will be experience,’ Barabasz said

MARMION CADETS

Coach: Brian Cole

2018 record: 7-4

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Jack Draper jr. singles

Anthony Sleezer so. singles

Connor Hollarbush jr. singles

Greyson Piotrowski sr. doubles

Dominick Bermudez sr. doubles

James Graft sr. doubles

Outlook: Draper and Sleezer are players to watch at singles, while the doubles teams of Bermudez and Piotrowski should be tough to beat, according to Cole.

“We have to know our strengths and weaknesses,” Cole said. “We need to build confidence in our game, our strokes and our partners. We need to be mentally tough and resilient. I think we have a strong team with lots of good returning players.”

ST. CHARLES EAST SAINTS

Coach: Robert Livermore

2018 record: 8-7

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Zach Moss sr.

Colin Johnson sr.

Mason Beydoun sr.

Jeff Sharko jr.

Jason Bijnowski so.

Brennan Eng sr.

Outlook: In what Livermore’s dubs as “Year of the Senior Class” the Saints are relying on that experience to win some dual matches this season. Moss, Johnson, Beydoun and Sharko form the main group of a nine-player senior roster.

“We need consistent performances from the top of the lineup to the bottom,” he said. “I’m excited to see what the returning state qualifiers, Moss and Johnson, can do this year.”. 

ST. CHARLES NORTH NORTH STARS

Coach: Sean Masoncup

2018 record: 17-2

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Conor Bajuk jr. singles/doubles

Reed Goldsworthy sr. doubles

Josh Joseph jr. doubles

Brett Walden sr. singles

Alex Geivious jr. singles/doubles

Jim Cooke sr. doubles

Cody Thomas sr. doubles

Armaan Mullick so. singles

Mattis Ciablis fr. singles/doubles

Outlook: Bajuk headlines the returnees after consecutive trips to state. Goldsworthy and Joseph also qualified for state doubles last year. 

“We will look for Conor to lead us at the top of the lineup at the top spot in singles or doubles,” Masoncup said. “We hope to get better each practice and see where we land at the end of the year.”

ST. FRANCIS SPARTANS

Coach: Tom Castronovo

2018 record: 7-8

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS

Danny Vale sr. singles

Matt Kazmirak so. doubles

Kory Carlson fr. singles/doubles

Outlook: After graduating 17 seniors, the Spartans will have a complete makeover on their roster this spring. With 11 players on varsity, including just two seniors, the Spartans lack experience. But Vale is back at No. 1 singles, and Kazmirak showed promise at doubles last spring. The Spartans, a Class 1A school, are set to play their first season in the Metro Suburban Conference.

“We don’t have as much depth as we would like, but the rest of our boys are working hard to improve their skills and tactics,” Castronovo said. “The key to a strong season will be how quickly our younger players grow into stronger competitors, especially on the doubles side and the consistency of our play.”

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