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Boys tennis previews: York returns two state qualifiers

Timothy Christian hopes to defend MSC title with young team

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT
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(File photo by Erica Benson — ebenson@shawmedia.com)
York's Jonathan Elsey won 23 matches and qualified for state last spring.

Timothy Christian

Coach: Keith Mills

Top returners:

Riley DeHaan jr.

Tim Huizinga sr.

Justin Rhiner jr.

What to watch: The Trojans lost eight seniors from last year’s Metro Suburban Conference champions.

Three returners, Riley DeHaan, Tim Huizinga and Justin Rhiner, will play high in the lineup. DeHaan and Rhiner are expected to occupy the top two singles spots while Huizinga will hope to find a strong partner at No. 1 doubles.

Two freshmen and two sophomores have earned their way into the varsity lineup.

“Looking to some new players to step into key roles and contend again for the conference crown,” said coach Keith Mills. “We will need the returners to step into higher positions and gain some wins.”

Mills mentioned Glenbard South and Fenton as Timothy’s top competition in the MSC.

York

Coach: Tres Heimann

Top returners:

Jonathon Elsey sr.

Justin Loescher sr.

Brendan Peterson so.

Alex Riddle so.

What to watch: Two state qualifiers, Jonathon Elsey and Alex Riddle, and seven players overall return to lead the Dukes this season.

Elsey racked up 23 wins at the No. 1 singles spot as a junior. Riddle was a doubles qualifier as a freshman. The duo have already played doubles together, most recently in the Dukes’ second-place finish at the Hersey Invite on Saturday.

Brendan Peterson will also be expecting to make state after gaining valuable experience at No. 2 singles as a freshman and playing a lot of USTA tournaments throughout the year.

As always, the Dukes will be tested in the West Suburban Silver. Hinsdale Central is among the favorites to repeat as state champion while Oak Park-River Forest and Lyons Township could place in the top 10 again. York lost to LT 6-1 in a match on Tuesday.

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