People have enjoyed playing sports for not only the competition, but for the sense of comradery that being a part of a team is all about.
Junior Dimion Butcher had a specific memory last year about the togetherness of the team.
“My teammate and I were playing a doubles game and went into overtime. The whole tennis team finished their games except for ours, so they were cheering us on and making me feel like we were the champions of the court. This team is very supportive and filled with great people,” Butcher said via email.
Senior Calen Wallis also has great memories from previous years.
“(My) Favorite memory of tennis was going to Districts last year and getting third in doubles with my partner Reade Snelling,” Wallis said via email.
“For being a predominately individual sport we still find a way to support and help each other. This years team is closer than any other i have been on,” Wallis said via email agreeing with Butcher.
Junior Sebastian Macaire also got into the tennis spirit, “I went into tennis tryouts unsure if I would actually play for the team, but in the end I chose to join because I’ve enjoyed playing these first few weeks,” Macaire said via email.
Wallis and Butcher also stress the importance of taking care of new players.
Wallis said via email, “For being a predominately individual sport we still find a way to support and help each other. This years team is closer than any other i have been on”
Butcher said via email, “Yes there are new people to the team, and a lot of them are already doing very well, and I can see people being very assets to the team in the near future.”
Wallis also wanted to leave the younger players with some advice.
“My advice for underclass men when Verstraete retires after next year is to keep an open mind with the next coach,” Wallis said via email.
This will be Owen Crews’ first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his sophomore year.