Coach: Lucas Roof, seventh season
Last season: 11-7, 6-4 in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. A.
Key returners: Mike Fink, sr.; Tyler Baldwin, sr.; Joe Bieler, sr.; Trent Callan, jr.; Riley Snow, soph.
Key newcomers: Cameron Hand, soph.
Outlook: Coming off an 11-win season, the most in Bulldogs history, Forsyth Central is poised to make a playoff run this year. They finished fifth in the region last year getting beat out by Kell, but Roof has his sights set on a third consecutive 10-win season.
Coach: Eric Hampton, fourth season
Last season: 13-6, 9-1 in Region 6-AAAAAAKey returners: Eric Devries, Drew Lahey, Kevin Mayer and Lincoln Metz
Key newcomers: Will Harper, Jack Metzger and Yotam Stern
Outlook: Coming off their fifth consecutive playoff appearance and a region championship, the Longhorns hope to go a little further in the state playoffs this year. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Peachtree Ridge. "We have a strong returning nucleus, and have some new players this season that should help us be competitive in our region, and hopefully once again be fortunate to go deep into the state playoffs," said Hampton.
Coach: Josh Owens/Jack Sarfaty, third season
Last season: 2-13, 0-7 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Key Returners: Alex Peacock, soph.; Tony Scheyer, jr.; Aaron Stanton, jr.; Jay Tootle, sr.; Connor Wilson, jr.
Outlook: Looking to improve from last season, the Raiders will be leaning heavily on their five returners, who have extensive experience playing at the varsity level. "Even though we only have one senior, the other young men are very experienced veterans and know what to expect from our powerful region," Sarfaty said.
Coach: Melissa Nevarez, fifth season
Last season: 4-8, 1-2 in Region 8-A
Key Returners: Adam Rocko
Key Newcomers: John Paul Hoover, fr.; Cristobal Urzua, fr.
Outlook: Looking to rebuild their doubles team this year, the Paladins expect to be much stronger in 2014, especially with the return of Rocko who went 11-1 as the team’s No. 1 singles player last season with his only loss to Milton’s David Deerham, who is playing for South Carolina. Urzua, an exchange student from Chile, and Hoover should helped bolster the Paladins’ lineup.
Coach: Ivan Zeitlin, seventh season
Last season: 4-12, 2-6 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Key returners: Matt Yi, James Gilmour, Anirudh Bikmar, Satwik Nandala, Brice Messerly
Outlook: "Our region is one of the tough ones once again," said Zeitlin. "We’re looking forward to being competitive with some of the best schools in the state. We’re hoping to build on last year’s successes and not dwell on the losses."
Coach: Philip Lyerly, sixth season
Last season: 2-10, 1-9 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Outlook: Coach Lyerly admits the Wolverines are still rebuilding but he likes how they are progressing. "We are still very young but with many from last year returning, and I am very excited to see what new talent we have coming," he said. "As always, I am looking forward to what this year holds for us, and we will continue to work hard to reach our fullest potential."
— Phil Giltman, For the Forsyth County News