By Joel Pyle
In early August, the Bishop Luers boys tennis team started the 2016 season with one very clear main goal in mind: to regain the Summit Athletic Conference crown, a title it won in 2014 for the first since 1968. The team built on a foundation of improved talent, enthusiasm, depth and character, and had a very successful 2015, but came up just short of repeating the title.
A year ago Luers added two very strong opponents to the boys’ tennis schedule, state contenders Homestead and Carroll. The addition of this level of competition to an already-solid schedule helped develop the Knights. The boys were more than up for the challenge, finishing this season with a varsity record of 12-3 in regular season play, including 7-0 in the SAC and winning the conference for the second time in three years. The season ended with a hard-fought loss to Homestead in sectional play.
Several Bishop Luers players were honored this year with individual accomplishments. Senior Maximilian Pyle, co-captain, earned Academic All-State honorable mention. Earning positions on the All-SAC conference team were juniors Cole Scheible and Johnny Woehnker, co-captain, first team; and junior Charlie Burton, second team.
The boys conducted themselves well both on and off the court and in how they represented Bishop Luers. The junior varsity had another successful season, too. There is returning depth and talent, and the teams are encouraged with everyone’s improvement on both varsity and JV. The future of Bishop Luers boys tennis looks very bright.
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