Rackin’ Up the Courts


James Lafakis (11) hits the ball during warm ups. Varsity won 4-1 overall and JV won all of its matches.

Ashley Bates and lakecentralnews

Boys tennis stormed the courts for the first match of the season on Monday, Aug. 20, against Wheeler.

“Before the match, I was trying to stay within myself. I didn’t want to focus on my opponent too much, because when you do that, you lose sight of the goal at hand. My goal was to start the season off on a good note. John Wooden, the greatest basketball coach of all time, once said, ‘Do your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.’ I knew that my best was required today, and I shared the quote with the team before the match,” James Lafakis (11) said.

The varsity team won 4-1 overall and JV won all of its matches.

“I was a little nervous because it was the first match of the season. Doing warm-ups loosened up my nerves. I didn’t want to be too stressed before I started playing,” Brett Balicki (10) said.

“We’ve built a strong bond as a team, and we look to carry that bond with us through the fall. We are an eager and hungry group,” Lafakis said.

The next match will be Aug. 21 against Munster.