It’s been almost a week since the CHS boys’ tennis team wrapped up their season. This year the Blackhawks (3-5 league, 5-6 overall), who had run the GNL for the last couple of years, finished third in the league standings. It might seem like a downer since the team didn’t get to add another league title to its resume, but considering the lack of experience – only one varsity returner among a team of former JV players and first-year athletes – they did well.
There were a couple of high points this season. In singles play, athletes like Eric Van Wig, Hunter Pohl, Aaron Fillmore and Dixon Gerber contributed to team wins. Several players also shined on doubles – including Logan Ray, Jesse Black and Saul Bautista, who will be graduating this year.
As a doubles team, Gerber and Fillmore picked up wins and finished third in the District 7 tournament.
While it’s a little bittersweet that my coverage of the boys tennis team is done this year, I’m looking forward to next season. The team potentially has a lot of returning players next year who are – to borrow a phrase from Cheney football head coach Bobby Byrd – “battle tested.”
Coach Jesse Erickson said he feels like his guys could win the league next year and he might be right.