With a loaded baseball and softball team returning and track stars galore, the Truckers’ tennis team may be the most talented of all this spring. The Truckers bring back six returning lettermen, five of them being seniors, in 2017 as the Truckers look to build on an already established tradition on the tennis courts.
After finishing 18-2 and 11-1 during their Northern Ohio League championship season, Norwalk again seems to be the favorite with a loaded lineup coming back.
Andrew Herner comes back after a 25-8 individual mark last season as the Truckers’ first singles player. He was one of three district qualifiers in 2016. Jacob Coe brings back his 29-6 individual record to second singles and will also play some doubles as he did last season. He was a 2016 individual district qualifier as well.
“We hope that strength in numbers gets us some victories this year,” Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. “I am looking forward to getting the team ready to compete this season as there will be a great deal of competition at the varsity level. It will be a mix of young and veteran talent.”
Also returning is senior Damon Mohan who played doubled last season with a 25-4 record. Sophomore Austin Brown brings back some youth after an impressive freshman season playing doubles and picking up a 23-6 record. Senior Evan Hohman comes back as a veteran singles player. He compiled a 12-15 record last season. Senior Max Berry also returns adding even more veteran leadership to the Truckers’ lineup.
“Our returning lettermen are going to need to step it up this season,” Higgins said. “We lost three lettermen last year and we will definitely need to solidify the lineup early in the season. It is going to take a true team effort this year to tally some in the win column.”
The Truckers took home the NOL title last year with Jacob Deiderick, Joey Thomas and Bryon Rowan providing the senior leadership. Higgins knows if the Truckers want the final NOL title, it may have to go through Tiffin Columbian.
“In the last year of the NOL, we will go into the season as the target of all league opponents; however, watch out for Tiffin Columbian,” Higgins said. “They gave us our only loss in the league last season. Hopefully our returning lettermen continue to improve from last season. The rest of the NOL is fairly balanced the season after Norwalk and Columbian.”
In the last seven seasons, Norwalk is 96-16 and will look to close out the NOL with an even better mark. The Truckers’ next match is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Port Clinton.