Miami County Tennis Preview

Wyatt Heinz returns as the Piqua boys tennis coach.

The Indians were 2-13 a year ago.

“Our goal, as always, is to have fun and continue learning the sport you can play your entire life,” Heinz said. “In regards to the competitive season, our goal is that we continue to increase our total match wins and have closer matches against the stronger teams in our conference.”

Senior Cael Barr will lead the Indians.

“Cael (Barr) will be returning for his fourth season as a top player on the team,” Heinz said. “We are also excited to have three to four other returning varsity players who have worked throughout the season to improve their games.”

The program continues to grow under Heinz.

“Piqua is continuing to grow and we are excited to have new players,” he said. “Freshman Joshua Partee and senior P.J. Huang join the teams and are looking to have a great season ahead.”

TIPPECANOE

Kaci Matthews returns a strong group from a team that went 15-2 and won the MVL a year ago.

Junior Kessler Hackenberger was D-I sectional champion a year ago and finished 18-11 on the season.

The brother tandem of senior Aaron Davis and sophomore Cameron Davis won the sectional title, missed qualifying for state by one match and had a 18-3 record.

Also back is senior Luke Blake, who finished 9-3 at second singles during the season and junior Sean Nichols, who was part of a second doubles team that went 9-3 during the regular season.

Rounding out the roster are senior Mason Kimmel, junior Ryan Hatke, sophomores Evan Cheeshir, Aiden Fry, Roman List, Nick Neves and Grant Vonderheide and freshman Ty Hoover, Sam Medlar, Sadhil Mehta, Luis Merten and Ben Von Oss.

LEHMAN CATHOLIC

Tim Ungericht returns as coach.

Erin Thomas, who played college tennis for Illinois State and is Lehman’s only girls state qualifier, joins his staff.

Lehman has five returning lettermen.

Senior Sam Gilardi will play first singles, junior Joe Pannapara will play second singles and junior Brandon Jones will play third singles.

Seniors Josh George and Brock Bostick will play first doubles and junior Thomas White and sophomore Logan Linson will play second doubles.

Freshman Luke Courtad will also see varsity action.

“We were 7-7 last year and had four players just miss making it to district,” Ungericht said. “Our singles are strong and all of our doubles have varsity experience.”

The Cavaliers goals are a winning season, beating Sidney and having district qualifiers.

MILTON-UNION

Kevin Brackman returns as Milton-Union coach.

The Bulldogs were 6-7 last season and junior Tyler Kress was a district qualifier.

Other returning letterwinners are senior Joel Benkert, junior Zeb Hines and sophomores Carter Berner, Tommy Ryerson and Colin Fogle.

The singles players will be Kress, freshman Ben Iddings and either freshman Titus Copp or Fogle.

The doubles players will be Hines and Berner and Benkert and Ryerson.

“Last season was a successful rebuilding year for our program,” Brackman said. “We return seven varsity letterwinners and district qualifier Tyler Kress. We used last year to build for this season. We have a young core of guys who are excited about playing tennis. Freshman Ben Iddings and Titus Copp are huge additions to the roster.”

Milton moves from the SWBL to the TRC, which has just three tennis teams.

“We joined a new conference which does not have tennis,” Brackman said. “It does however make our matches against Lehman Catholic and Northridge a little more meaningful. We are the only three schools that have tennis. Led by our senior Joel Benkert, we are excited to be back on the court and ready to compete.”