COACH: Scott Talbot, 4th season
LAST YEAR: The Wizards finished 4-0 in the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference, 8-1 overall.
KEY PLAYERS: Stephen Wheeler, sr., No. 1 singles; Bailey Smith, sr., No. 2 singles; Cole Tomberlin, sr., No. 3 singles; Patrick Fischer, sr., No. 1 doubles; Matt Thiemann, sr., No. 1 doubles
DID YOU KNOW? Last year’s No. 1 singles player, Mark Gueswell, was only the second boys singles player at Windsor to ever qualify for the state tournament.
TALBOT’S COMMENTS: “(The seniors) are the five players that came in as freshmen, played varsity as freshmen and lettered as freshmen. This will be their fourth year. It’s huge. They know the program and can help guide the underclassmen. That’s a big part of it. A lot of the guys look up to them, and that’s a big piece of it. It will certainly be a tough task, but I can definitely see at least one line going to state this season, for sure. The group is kind of multi-sport athletes, so a lot of the time they’re playing basketball or baseball in the offseason. With this team full of seniors, we’re going to have a team that can do some special things. Our team is going to have some great team depth, and we’re going to be pretty strong in the middle especially. We’ve got a couple of freshmen that came out who are going to get varsity playing time. Overall, we’re going to be pretty strong and pretty deep. The advantage of having a lot of players come back from last year’s team is there is a number of them that are here as seniors this year that actually traveled with us down to Pueblo, and got to experience what going down to state was all about. They kind of know what their goal is.”
SEASON OUTLOOK: Wizards coach Scott Talbot scheduled some tough competition outside of league play including 5A schools Fort Collins and Legacy, and 4A schools Centaurus, Alexander Dawson and Longmont. He said the goal was to have his squad play some talented teams to better prepare his players for a shot at a state tournament berth. With so much senior experience, the Wizards will be competitive and should be able to compete for some spots in the state tournament in October.
— T.M. Fasano