Boys’ Varsity Tennis played at States this weekend in Novi, Michigan, ending this years’ season. The pressure intensified for the team to perform as well as last year when FHE secured their first-ever regional tennis title.
Evan Schwalm (2019) wrapped up the season sharing his thoughts with The Hawk Herald. “The tennis season this year, was just different because I broke my arm and did not play for the first half. But, we ended up getting our play together and made it to the semifinals at states. The coaching wasn’t where is really it should have been. The team as a whole we weren’t as good as we were last year, but it wasn’t that bad of a year.”
Anish Prekamer, Team Captain had a different outlook, “the season went pretty well, we were 5th at states, we got 2nd at regionals, and personally, my partner and I were 31-2.” 31 wins are an accomplishment!
Practices after school were a favorite memory of many players. Anish said the bus ride back from states was a great bonding experience. The tennis team had to adapt to a new coach this year, Sydney Whitfield, and her fiance, and father, became the assistant coaches. Several players noted, Whitfield’s fiance works as a prison guard, and implemented some of his techniques from work, with the team.
Life happens and situations change, and with each season, new perspectives emerge, and students become stronger. Several seniors shared their best memories of the season and of their career at FHE, which included winning regionals, and knocking out a rival, Grand Rapids Christian, of the state tournaments. Overall the tennis team had a pretty strong season, making it to both regionals and states. Stay tuned for more tennis with the girls season in the spring!