Kings of the court

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The three senior varsity tennis players pose with their coaches and their senior gifts. Later in the evening, the coaches spoke about each of the seniors and their time on the team.

Colleen Quinn

It is never easy to take a step in a new direction, but on Tuesday night seniors of the varsity boys tennis team were celebrated and sent on their way toward new experiences.

“I have been playing tennis for four years, [and] I’m signing for Purdue [University] Calumet in November,” John Mamelson (12) said.

As the seniors move forward with their last months of high school, they will surely remember some great moments from their last tennis season as Indians.

“[My favorite memory from this season] is probably the Crawfordsville tournament. Just in general that was a really good [time] because the overnight trips are always really fun,” Michael Hemmerling (12) said.

One of the three seniors has committed to their college, while the others are still undecided of where they would like to take their tennis careers.

“I have applied to some colleges, and I plan on playing [tennis] at the school I go to if they have it. [I have looked into] Marquette [University] in Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, DePaul [University] and [Indiana University Bloomington],” Brett Balicki (12) said.

As the season comes to a close, the seniors were able to celebrate their last couple of weeks together as a team. With coaches, teammates, friends and family by their sides, they leave their last season of tennis knowing that the memories they made will last a lifetime.