The Goshen Warriors return an experienced lineup including No . 1 singles player Malachi Gierzak.
Gierzak joined then-seniors and co-players of the year Chris Treadway and Cole Hadley as Warriors who received recognition from the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference last year.
“We have guys who have a couple years experience and are getting better with each year,” Goshen head coach Pete Patterson said. “And they have plenty of enthusiasm and are willing to work to get better.”
Joining Gierzak in the lineup are singles players Jimmy Price and Andy Duncan and the double pairs of Skyler Rice and Andrew Hogue and Alec Hillman and Alex Wells.
Hillman and Wells are brand new this year at second doubles.
Patterson knows his Warriors team has its work cut out for it when going against the likes of Western Brown and New Richmond. The schools finished 1-2, respectively in the conference last season.
Goshen finished tied with Norwood in fourth place and Patterson is looking for his team to be around that same position this year.
Unlike Goshen, Milford will be in a bit of a rebuilding year after graduating all of its seniors and returning little in the way of varsity experience.
However, head coach Claire Smalley likes the roster’s depth and the players’ ability to play anywhere in the lineup.
“We’re going to have to learn as we go this season,” the coach said. “We have boys that can play throughout the lineup and could have a successful season. We could have a bright future as well.”
While Smalley said she needed to watch her singles players play more matches to get a lineup sorted out, she has liked what she’s seen from her doubles teams.
Her No. 1 pairing of freshman Ben Mason and junior Logan Chrislip has looked good.
“When they use what I’m telling them, good things are happening,” Smalley said. “They’ve played well together.”
Clermont Northeastern returns for a 2015 campaign after finishing 0-12 and 0-6 inside the SBAAC National division last year.
The Rockets had a pair of seniors in Josh Flaig and Brycen Gott receive honors from the conference last year.
No further information was available as of press time.
CNE is coached by Jenny Poe.
After defeating Harrison 3-2 April 1, McNicholas is off to a good start this season.
The Rockets return two seniors and two of their better players in Kyle Cullion and Steven Sinclair. Head coach Brian Combs said those guys will be the linchpin of the team this season. Junior Jonathan Gray was tabbed to be the No. 3 singles player.
As far as the rest of the team is concerned, Combs said they are more evenly-matched and added that five or six could cycle in and help the Rockets compete with the tough GCL schedule.
“It’s a short season crammed with a lot of matches,”Combs said. “I’m glad we have 12 guys on the team who give us options.”
Athletes to watch
Goshen senior Malachi Gierzak: Is the team’s No. 1 singles player and received recognition from the SBAAC last season.
Milford freshman Ben Mason and junior Logan Chrislip : The doubles pair has shown coach Claire Smalley good things so far this season.