Lone senior to lead HHS tennis

The Hillsboro tennis team includes five players this season under coach Stuart Holmes? tutelage. They are (from left) Dylan Wiens, Jacob Isaac, Josh Funk, Dakota Klein and Brandon Wiebe. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Hillsboro boys? tennis coach Stuart Holmes will be putting a relatively inexperienced team on the courts this season.

Senior Josh Funk returns as the team?s only returning letter-winner, and will be joined by four freshmen this season. Funk played mostly doubles last season in his debut season.

?Although Josh has played just one year on the team, we will be looking to him as a senior for solid, positive leadership, ? Holmes said.

The four freshmen on the roster are Jacob Isaac, Dakota Klein, Dylan Wiens and Brandon Wiebe.

?Jacob Isaac has played some on his own over the last few years, and has some solid strokes to build on,? Holmes said.

The other three freshmen ?have good potential, but as beginners are really just learning to play the game at this point,? he said, adding that they are working hard in practice to improve each day.

?The guys seem focused and really looking forward to the season,? Holmes said. ?As our guys dedicate themselves to getting better, they will find the satisfaction that goes with working hard as well as increased measure of success.?

Holmes said it?s too early to tell which players will be playing singles and which will play doubles when competition begins?and the lineup can change through the year.

?Every day we will be looking to improve in practice and make progress throughout the season,? Holmes said. ?Tennis provides a great opportunity to challenge yourself mentally as well as physically and we want to grow in both areas each day, whether at practice or in competition.?

With a roster that is relatively inexperienced, and too small to fill a complete lineup for both singles and doubles, Holmes will measure success more by individual improvement than team accomplishments.

?Certainly here in central Kansas, we get the opportunity to compete against some of the best 2A and 3A players in the state,? he said. ?We?ll be working hard to become solid tennis players and compete against the best.?

The Trojans will open their season Thursday, April 2, with an invitational tournament at Conway Springs. Joining the Trojans and the host school will be teams from McPherson and Wichita Trinity.

Hillsboro will host two invitational tournaments during the season, April 9 and April 21. Each tournament will begin at 3 p.m. at the Sports Complex.

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