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2020 BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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South Forsyth's Lova Mator returns a shot against Milton on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Fowler Park. - photo by David Almeda

Denmark

Coach: Phil Kinneer, second season

Last season: Lost in class 4A quarterfinals.

Key returners: Conner Hazard, So.; Snehil Chikamari, So.; Carter Lillis, Sr.

Key newcomers: Noah Cohen, So.; Avanish Thota, So.

What to know: Denmark’s first boys tennis season was a rousing success, with the Danes making it all the way to the Class 4A Elite Eight. With just three seniors, the Danes boast a lot of young talent, including Conner Hazard and Snehil Chikamari, two sophomore singles players who went undefeated in last year’s state tournament.

 

Forsyth Central

Coach: Todd Patterson, first season

Last season: Missed Class 7A playoffs.

Key returners: Tanner McPherson, Sr.; McKane Johnson, Jr.; Andrew Phillips, Jr.; Aniketh Venkateswaran, Jr.; Ian Johnson, Jr.; Gustavo Roveri, So.

Key newcomers: Wanderson Vargas, Fr.; Ian Noyes, Fr.

What to know: In Todd Patterson’s first season as head coach of the Bulldogs, he’ll look for his team to earn a spot in the playoffs. McKane Johnson and Tanner McPherson will lead Central’s singles players, and can be interchanged between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, if necessary.

 

Lambert

Coach: Eric Hampton, 10th season

Last season: Lost in second round of Class 7A playoffs.

Key returners: An Lenka, Sr.; Anu Bandi, Sr.

 

Key newcomers: Holden Artz, Fr.

What to know: Depth will be Lambert’s key strength on its potential road back to the playoffs, with eight seniors, four of whom made up the two doubles teams that helped the Longhorns to a state title back in 2017. The other side of that coin is there’s no one dominant player, with five or six players who are at the same skill level and interchangeable.

 

North Forsyth

Coach: Mac Barron, second season

Last season: Missed Class 7A playoffs.

Key returners: Tommy Craddock, Sr.; David Adle, Sr.; Jesse Wise, Sr.

Key newcomers: Jace Goode, So.; Calvin Washburn, Fr.

What to know: North will be looking for improvement after missing the state playoffs last season. The Raiders will be more experienced than they’ve been in recent years, with seven seniors on the roster. Even so, North will benefit greatly from the addition of sophomore Jace Goode, who will play No. 1 singles in his first season with the team.

 

Pinecrest Academy

Coach: Erin McGraw, fifth season

Last season: Missed Class 1A Private playoffs

Key returners: Ethan Tejano, Sr.; Jimmy Herbert, Sr.; Simon Luong, Jr.

Key newcomers: Ethan Esclamado, Fr.; Michael Thomas, Fr.; Max Austin, Sr.

What to know: Pinecrest has some good talent this year in Ethan Esclamado and Michael Thomas, two tournament-level players who will play the Paladins’ top singles spots. In addition, a number of Pinecrest’s sophomores have been playing together since middle school, but their collective youth could also stand to be a hindrance.

 

South Forsyth

Coach: Jason Steele, fifth season

Last season: Lost in Class 7A semifinals.

Key returners: Will Fullett, Sr.; Vincent Wu, Sr.; Rishil Kondapaneni, Jr.

Key newcomers: N/A

What to know: The War Eagles return 2019 Forsyth County News Tennis Player of the Year and Wofford College signee Will Fullett, who went 18-1 as a junior. Vincent Wu will be the leader in No. 1 doubles (17-0 last year), and No. 2 singles player Rishil Kondapaneni went 16-3 as a sophomore. Depth on the bench could be an issue if any injuries happen, but if South stays healthy, the War Eagles have a chance to make another deep playoff run.

 

West Forsyth

Coach: Steve Kolkka, third season

Last season: Lost in second round of Class 7A playoffs.

Key returners: Harrison Kim, Jr.; Justin Davis, Sr.; Marshall Dunaway, Jr.; Austin Goldberger, Sr.

Key newcomers: Tyler Cunningham, Fr.; Stevie Shade, Fr.

What to know: The Wolverines are anticipating improvement in singles this year. One key part of that will be junior Harrison Kim, who will play in the No. 1 singles spot after missing all of his sophomore season. He only lost one time as a freshman.