Lahser Men’s Tennis Goes Out with a Bang
By Ryan Moonka The road to States was no easy one for the Knights. Yet the Lahser Varsity Men’s Tennis Team is not only used to chal lenges, it embraces them. Match by match, the Knights fought their way through the season, which ended with a run to Grand Blanc and a Division Two States appear ance. Led by Sr. Captains Michael Dan- iels, David Gwizdala and AJ Smith, the Knights finished their season, and the Lahser’s Mens Tennis program as a whole, strong. Despite finishing with a 4-7-1 record, they finished 2nd at Regionals and carried their momentum into States. Coach Greg Burks, reflecting on the season, said, ”I’m very proud of how the boys played. We did very well, consid ering we found ourselves in probably the toughest league in the whole state:’ Ando- ver, who is also in our league, finished first at Regionals and 8th overall at States.
Arguably the most talented league in the state, OAA Red had many standout teams, including Andover, North Farm ington, and Lahser. Sr. Michael Daniels explains, “It was a grueling season and we had the toughest schedule we’ve had in a very long time:’ He continued, “Consider ing we were competitive with many of the top teams in the state, I would say that we had a great year:’
While the team did well altogether, a few individuals had standout seasons. “[Sr.] David Gwizdala at 3 singles and [Sr.] AJ Sm ith and [Jr.] Matt Meehan together at 2 doubles all had great seasons;’ said Burks. Lahser’s 3 singles and 2 doubles went on to win Regionals. Looking towards the future, there is both excitement and apprehension regarding how the merger will affect the tennis team. Jr. RJ Richmond describes, “I think for Juniors and Seniors, and especially Sophomores, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to make the team:’ Jr. Daniel Bota adds, “Its going to be harder because there is going to be twice as many people. We’ll be playing with new people we don’t know, which could help the team but could also hurt the team:’
As for now, the boys are proud to be part of the Lahser tennis tradition. Daniels recounts, “We were successf ul in the face of both illness and injury, and we should be more than satisfied to have rep resented Lahser in its last season:’ Knights tennis may have reached the end of its road, but its mark will live on.