Lafayette area boys tennis preview

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Central Catholic Knights

Coach: Vinod Mahalingam (first season)

2011 results: Lost to Harrison 3-2 in sectional semis

Top individuals: Matt Bouggy, sr., No. 1 singles; Nick Rosebraugh, so., No. 1 doubles; Jackson Barrett, so., No. 1 doubles; Kevin Condreay, jr., No. 2 singles; Austin Green, fr.; Luke Siemers, fr.; Max Curtis, fr.; Devin Nowalk, fr.

Outlook: New coach Mahalingam said his players showed up with high expectations. The Knights had strong seasons the previous two years, and Bouggy returns at the top of the lineup.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Jim Whitworth (second season)

2011 results: 4-10; lost to West Lafayette 3-2 in sectional championship

Top individuals: Andrew Zeng, sr., No. 1 singles; David Beardmore, jr., No. 2 singles; Ryan Hancock, sr., No. 3 singles; Andy McIntosh, sr., No. 1 doubles; Nick LaNeve, sr., No. 1 doubles; Ryan Madden, sr., No. 2 doubles; Isaac Mathis, fr., No. 2 doubles; Liam Trumble, so.; Jared Lee, so.; Mark Sellke, jr.

Outlook: LaNeve formerly played at Central Catholic and adds to a strong Raiders lineup hoping to compete in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and contend for a sectional title.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Stephen Smith (seventh season)

2011 results: 3-13; lost to West Lafayette 4-1 in sectional opener

Top individuals: Peter Ripke, sr., No. 1 singles; Cameron Evans, jr., No. 2 singles/doubles; Ryan Puckett, sr., doubles; Noah Freeman, jr.; Alex Kauffman, jr.; Zack Grigsby, jr.; Geordie Boutselis, jr.; Joe House, so.

Outlook: Ripke, who played doubles the last three seasons, is the only player with extended varsity experience as Jeff has graduated 15 seniors in the last two seasons. Coach Smith is looking for players to step up and fill the open spots in the lineup.

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Allison Copeland (first season)

2011 results: Lost to West Lafayette 5-0 in sectional semifinals

Top individuals: Danny Muldoon, sr., singles; Austin Ashcraft, jr.; Rodney Manny, jr.; Ryan Howard, fr.

Outlook: Muldoon will lead a young team. Copeland expects Howard to bring experience and be competitive in the area and in Hoosier Crossroads Conference play.

West Lafayette

Red Devils

Coach: Tim Wright (15th season/25th overall)

2011 results: 15-5; defeated Harrison 3-2 in sectional championship, lost to Carmel 5-0 in regional semifinals

Top individuals: Lucas Owen, sr.; Christopher Park, sr.; Alan Min, jr.; Andre Woloshuk, sr.; Tommy Krause, jr.; George Chien, jr.; Brian Choi, sr.; Chris Shin, sr.

Outlook: Plenty of varsity experience returns for the defending sectional champions, who seek their fourth sectional title in the last five years.

Around the area

Senior Blake Jones makes the leap from No. 1 doubles to No. 1 singles for Attica. Sophomore Sam Harding also returns to the singles lineup, and freshman Bryce Alenduff comes in after going undefeated in doubles last season at the junior high level.

Benton Central had a year to remember, going 21-4 and advancing to the regional championship last season. That team’s top players graduated, but sophomores Mike Sims and Jack Marquie return, as do juniors Cole Jackson and Taylor Wetli, all of whom played limited varsity tennis last season.

Returning lettermen Jared Cates and Ethan Snyder will headline the top of the singles lineup for Covington.

Three varsity players return for Crawfordsville, including second-team All-Sagamore Conference selection George Go at No. 2 singles. Freshman Dane Baldwin will play No. 1 and senior Seth Lewis completes the singles lineup after going 14-5 a year ago. No. 1 doubles player AJ Baldwin also returns.

Delphi brings back plenty of experience, including last year’s Team MVP in senior Blake Walters. Classmates Evan Atkinson, Chase Cripe and Ty Stewart also return, as does junior Braden Abbott and sophomore Elliott Atkinson.

For the fourth straight season, Luke Davenport and Cody Hoagland will play Nos. 1 and 2 singles for Fountain Central, respectively. Davenport was 18-3 last year and Hoagland was 19-3 and won the Wabash River Conference title. The rest of the lineup returns except last year’s No. 1 doubles team.

First-team All-Sagamore Conference selection Derek Timmons returns for Frankfort. He’ll move from No. 1 singles to No. 2 as freshman Mason Townsley takes over the top spot.

Nathan Neal, the No. 1 singles player for North Montgomery, was the Montgomery County Player of the Year last season and a first-team All-Sagamore Conference selection while leading the Chargers to a sectional title.

Seniors Adam Crabb and Cole Guingrich return for first-year Twin Lakes coach Dustin Schutte after playing varsity last season.

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