WHS FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: Youth movement takes over Windsor boys tennis team
August 16, 2014
COACH: Scott Talbot (5th season)
LAST YEAR: Third straight Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference title with 4-0 dual meet record; third place at Region 4 Tournament behind Niwot and Greeley Central; no state qualifiers.
KEY PLAYERS: Cole Mills, sr., probable No. 1 singles; Josh Villa, sr., Chase Lukasiewicz, so.
DID YOU KNOW? The Wizards lost eight seniors, seven on varsity, to graduation, and also lost two other key players who transferred.
TALBOT'S COMMENTS: "I think the exciting thing for us is we've got so much youth. I would term this season the youth movement for Windsor. Even though we've got almost half the team being freshmen, it doesn't mean that we can't contend and possibly win a conference title. You kind of have to go back more to the basics when you've got such a young group, basically starting over. This is very similar to what we did my first season where I came in. We had five freshmen playing varsity that year. The nice thing is we've grown the program every year. We lost eight seniors plus two transfers. We lost 10 players, but we have more players on this team than we did last year. To be able to lose that many players and still have more players than you did the previous year, that speaks volumes, I think, to the program in continuing to try to improve and grow a foundation moving forward. We've got more players on this team that play throughout the year than we've ever had. We've got guys coming out here that are improving every day. That's our goal this season is to make sure everybody's having fun and that everybody's focusing on one thing to improve every single day. We're not looking for them to go from zero to hero in a week. We just want them to focus on improving daily, and we're seeing that and that's going to lead us to the success that we're looking for."
SEASON OUTLOOK: Youth is the word for the Wizards this year. Talbot has built a program that is still competitive even after losing eight seniors. As the younger players get more playing time, the Wizards look like a squad that will continue to improve throughout the season.