A tennis team’s starting lineup consists of seven players.
Wilmington High School has eight players with starting experience coming back in 2019.
Steve Reed says newcomers Jacob Romer and Caleb Reed “are expected to move in to the varsity line-up full time this year and a make an immediate impact.”
To say WHS has plenty of depth this year is an understatement for the ages.
“We will look at a lot of options for our line-up this year with so many players that can play in different spots,” said Steve Reed, in his 19th season as the WHS head coach. “We just need to utilize our depth. This is a group of players that have almost all played in our program since sixth grade. It is a great group of young men and parents that will be hard to see go. We need to make it a memorable season.”
Reed said New Richmond or Western Brown, one of which has been SBAAC champion the past eight seasons, will again be the front-runners for American Division supremacy.
WHS was second in both the regular season and tournament standings in 2018, said Reed who will be assisted by JV coach Doug Cooper and junior high and WATA coach Keith Gilbert. Gilbert replaces Cathy Fay in both positions.
Drew Moyer, a first-team All-SBAAC all-star in 2018, is the lone graduate from last year’s team. The singles lineup of Brayden Rhoads, Jonathan Fender and Avery Bradshaw returns as does double players Brady Henry, Jack Romer and Mason McIntosh.
“Our doubles teams will be very tough to beat in the league,” said Reed. “As always we need to stay healthy.”