Braves head to Paoli in tennis opener


Brownstown Central’s boys tennis program is gearing up for its 2023 season.

The Braves will play Paoli today for their first contest of the new campaign. That will start at 5 p.m.

The team already scrimmaged at Scottsburg on Thursday.

Head coach Donnie Thomas is aiming for some things out of the team in the first match.

“You want consistency out of these kids,” he said. “The singles were pretty consistent on Thursday. They made a lot of good shots. The doubles didn’t move around the court as well. I would like to see them move better within the lines. We have to just keep plugging along.”

The Braves squad features 13 kids, and none of them are seniors.

Juniors on the team include Smith Hackman, Pierson Wheeler, Lane Steward, Evan Schneider and Sam Rohr.

Sophomores for the Braves are Jace Reaser, Caysen Robertson and Max Peters.

Freshmen on the team include Chase Brock, Brady Davis, Trey Isaacs, Carson Ferguson and Jaron Bryant.

Thomas spoke about some of his returning athletes.

“We lost a few seniors,” he said. “We have none this year, but we have experienced players in Hackman, Wheeler, Schneider and Steward. Our juniors are critical for our team. It’s going to be a good unit, though.

“I think the team grew a lot last year. They played really well in the Scottsburg tournament in the past few seasons. They now have two full years of experience under their belts.”

Thomas was asked what the team has to do to have a successful season.

“We have to have the confidence to go out there to compete,” he said. “I think the team possesses an attitude that they enjoy winning, so they will do whatever it takes to try and get it done. The talent is there with this group. They just have to execute.”

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