Tennis team strives for a championship

Benjamin Stuebs, Staff Writer – The boys’ tennis team at Lecanto High School [LHS] has done well in the past. However, the team still has far to go until the season ends in April. They will have to pull together to be the best they can be on the court. They will have to play like they did in the game against Vanguard.

Vanguard is one of the main rivals of LHS along with Springstead High School. LHS defeated Vanguard Monday, February 27, with a score of 4-3. Lance Baker, the boys’ tennis coach, has been a varsity coach for three years. Baker has been a coach in total for over 10 years at various schools.

“Ever since I was 10 years old, I have enjoyed tennis,” said Baker.

Malik gets ready to serve (Photo: Baker).

Malik gets ready to serve (Photo: Baker).

During the Vanguard game, Malik Tahiri won at number one in singles with Austin D’Anna coming behind. D’Anna ended up winning for the number three as well. Jakob Robertson won at number four. The LHS doubles team won as well.

“I don’t think that we have many weaknesses on our team. We have one of the best teams in our district,” said Baker.

Students believe that the tennis team could make it to state competition and become champions.

“I really believe that our team is the best out there out of all of them; they really get it done,” senior Adam Washburn said.

Senior Robert Stewart has played tennis before in the past and has enjoyed the sport.

“I played last year in the summer; I really had a good time playing with my friends and family. I really believe that a lot of people should at least try to play tennis once in their lives,” said Stewart.