Duneland Athletic Conference
Players to watch: Trey Moffett, Sr.; Chris Fouts, So.; Johny Mario, Fr.
Outlook: Tom Bour believes his team is upgrading at every position, even at No. 1 singles where Mario takes over. Depth and versatility are also strengths.
Players to watch: Bryce Bonin, Fr.; Boris Pavlovski, Sr.; Lance Noerenberg, So.
Outlook: The Bulldogs have goals to win the DAC. “We're looking at postseason play like everybody else,” coach Chris Korzeniewski said. The Bulldogs graduated two varsity players and have five returners, so there is experience.
Players to watch: T.J. Ruzga, Sr.; Luke Oboy, Sr.; Stephen Sobek, Sr.; Jimmy Lafakis, Jr.
Outlook: L.C. coach Dave Cafmeyer expects his team to be competitive in the DAC despite graduating more than half of its varsity team. "So far this season, we're beginning to develop a strong team camaraderie," Cafmeyer said.
Players to watch: Josh Cornwell, Jr.; Miles Droege, Sr.; Michael Varda, Jr.
Outlook: Coach Nicholas Garstka was disappointed about last year's sectional championship loss, and he hopes the return of No. 1 singles player Varda and others will provide a happier ending this season.
Outlook: The Pirates were narrowly defeated by Andrean in Merrillville's sectional championship last season. They lost Alex Swierc to graduation, but the Pirates do return some good experience.
Players to watch: Zach Biggs, Sr.; Will Harber, Sr.; Ryan Lewis, Sr.; Tyler Richards, Sr.; Nick Sebert, Sr.
Outlook: The Wolves lost one senior to graduation, Josh Palmer at No. 1 singles. Harber might have the inside track on that spot, but coach Michael Tsugawa said nothing is settled.
Players to watch: Jon Craig, Sr.; John Fannin, Sr.
Outlook: Scott Garrison takes over and has already installed a middle school program. Right now, his sights are on the the boys squad, which has been buoyed by the development of Fannin and the versatility of Craig and others.
Players to watch: Jared Folke, Sr.; Peter Williams, Sr.
Outlook: Folke and Williams are the main holdovers from last season's state-qualifying squad. "This is an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up," coach Tim Shideler said. "I don't know what to expect. I'm looking forward to it.
Great Lakes Athletic Conference
Players to watch: Luis Perez, Sr.; Joshua Miller, Sr.; James Murzyn, Sr.; Michael Vaught, So.
Outlook: Coach Dante Pryor expects the Pioneers to be more competitive in the GLAC this season and win a few matches outside the conference. The leadership of the three seniors will be a key.
Outlook: The Gladiators were blanked 5-0 by Calumet in last season's Munster sectional opener. The loss of Hector Calerone will hurt. Gavit may face an uphill climb in the GLAC.
Players to watch: Tyler Schramm, Jr.; Juan Mirales, Jr.; Flip Hernandez, Jr.
Outlook: The Govs return most of their core from last season's sectional championship squad. “They want to accomplish anything and everything they can,” coach Chuck Perez said. Morton expects to win a third straight sectional title.
Greater South Shore Conference
Outlook: The Warriors will have to fill the shoes of Donovan Hayes and Gabriel Duran, who both graduated. It may be a rebuilding year.
Players to watch: Josh Borst, Sr.; Adrian Flores, Sr.; Tristan Cummings, Sr.; Michael Rodriguez, Sr.
Outlook: A good mix of seniors and freshmen will fill this season's varsity. New coach Ryan Vondrak is trying to establish the program. “I'm seeing improvement every day from them,” he said. “They're a tremendous group of kids for listening.”
Players to watch: Tyler Ramirez, Sr.; Saul Rodriguez, Jr.; Matt Forsythe, Sr.
Outlook: The Eagles hope to be above .500 and are striving to win the GSSC with good senior leadership. “They work really hard before I even get there,” coach Sal Guel said of his team.
Players to watch: Hunter Moldenhauer, Jr.; Nate Shinn, Jr.; Justin Smith, Jr.
Outlook: The Blazers claimed the program's initial sectional crown last season, but a GSSC title just missed. The Blazers lost five players to graduation. But coach Jay Adams has confidence in his returning group.
Players to watch: Bryan Fleming, Sr.; Mike Carver, Jr.; Joey Medrano, So.
Outlook: The GSSC is wide open, so coach Beau Bruemmer expects his team to compete. The Ingots aren't deep, but five of their seven players are returnees. All seven are baseball players. “We have a good group of kids,” Bruemmer said.
Players to watch: Austin Greiner, Jr.; Jack Hibbard, Jr.; Christian Rosta, Fr.
Outlook: Hibbard returns for his second season at No. 1 singles, and his leadership skills will be put to the test. Coach Mike Rosta's son has been hitting with varsity players for at least four years, and Greiner, a basketball player, is already showing great improvement in his first year.
Northwest Crossroads Conference
Players to watch: Anthony Zaleski, Sr.; Michael Kinasiewicz, Jr.; Jake Brown, So.
Outlook: The 59ers won a sectional championship last season, so they would like to defend that. Jake McCoy graduated from that team, but there should be enough talent for coach Donn Gobbie to make a run.
Players to watch: Brett Tauber, Jr.; Aaron Brown, Jr.; Matt Csonka, Sr.
Outlook: The Panthers return Tauber, a first-team all NCC selection, at No. 1 singles. Brown and Csonka will battle for No. 2 and No. 3. Griffith has a more athletic team, and coach Tracy Sines said that will give her more flexibility.
Players to watch: Jeff Michner, Sr.; Nick Polster, Sr.; Ben Wood, Sr.; Anthony Juranovich, Jr.
Outlook: The Trojans field a very senior-heavy team this season, so there is reason for optimism. Returning coach Adam Baez said with the tough schedule his team faces, finishing over .500 would be a good goal.
Outlook: The Brickies lost a tough 3-2 match to Andrean in last season's Merrillville Sectional semifinal. Bobby Eberle and Michael Bachmann graduated, so Hobart will need to find some new stars.
Outlook: K.V. is coming off a tough season and will look to turn things around this year. Former coach Dan Roberts hands the reins to Katee Sanderson, who also coaches girls tennis.
Players to watch: Velmer Fleming, Sr.; Ben Reosel, Jr.; Jayson Savich, Jr.
Outlook: With a team filled with mostly juniors and seniors, Lowell coach Dustin Hudak hopes to get at or above .500 in the tough NCC. “We're hoping to come through with experience,” Hudak said. “There's a lot of maturity.”
Players to watch: Colin Richter, Sr.; Arlo Detmer, So.
Outlook: The Mustangs lost five varsity seniors to graduation, so this year's team will be very young, but eager to continue the success. "We will take the season one step at a time," coach Steve Lopez said. "Some bumps will show up along the way, but we must prepare for sectionals and regionals."
Players to watch: Fabian Garcia, Sr.; Guillermo Cabrera, Sr.; Ahmad Muhammed, Sr.; Abraham Garcia, Sr.
Outlook: The Cardinals have set lofty goals with a senior-heavy team. Fabian Garcia and Cabrera played in a summer tennis league, teaming up with some of Whiting's girls tennis players and went undefeated.
Outlook: The Bombers lost only one senior from last year's team and should be more competitive with another year of experience.
Players to watch: Robert Hogan, Sr.; Jamail Harris, Sr.; Shawn Dukes, Sr.
Outlook: Hogan and Harris should be the best players on the Cougars' squad. Harris has been working hard and staying after practice to refine his game.
— Matt Douthett, Jim Hunsley