BOYS TENNIS | SEASON PREVIEW

Marian's LaVelle doesn’t let ankle injury slow him down

2013-03-20T19:00:00Z 2014-10-09T22:27:12Z Marian's LaVelle doesn’t let ankle injury slow him downChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 20, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

Two years ago Tim LaVelle was having an impressive preseason for Marian Catholic, slotted to play No. 1 singles on the sophomore squad and maybe even get a shot at playing with the big boys.

“Coach talked to me at practice on that Friday about possibly playing some varsity matches, and then on Monday I broke my ankle,” he said.

Fast forward two years and LaVelle is preparing for his senior season,  slotted to play first doubles and leading a young but gifted Spartans squad this spring.

“We lost a lot of seniors from last year’s team, but we’ve got a great crop of juniors coming up,” LaVelle said. “They’re talented, they’re maturing and they’ve been playing a lot of tennis this year and over the summer.”

It’s a tribute to LaVelle’s hard work and perseverance to return from a long and arduous rehabilitation from the injury. The broken ankle didn’t heal properly, and LaVelle had to have surgery in the fall of his junior season.

“I wasn’t ready to even start running until mid-February of my junior year, and tennis starts in March,” he said. “I was real rusty and was able to shake a lot of the rust off and get better.”

LaVelle returned to form and played some second singles and first and second doubles for a team that finished 21-2, won the sectional and finished eighth in the state.

“He was better than expected coming off the ankle injury,” coach Scott Bodnar said.

LaVelle also leads in the classroom and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He’s applied to eight top schools and lists Harvard and Notre Dame at the top of his college wish list. He plans to major in bio-molecular engineering or chemistry.

“He’s in band, and he’s just a very well-rounded kid,” Bodnar said.

Now this season LaVelle is taken on more of a leadership role and has settled into the first doubles with Sam Roche.

“He works hard and leads by what he does and what he shows,” Bodnar said.

LaVelle also has learned to be a vocal leader as well.

“I see myself now as a kind of a one who has to be the disciplinarian -- ‘this is how it’s going to be,’” he said.

LaVelle is also excited about developing a good chemistry with his doubles partner Roche.

“He’s a consistent player and is real patient,” said LaVelle of Roche. “I like to run to the net and play aggressive, so it’s a good contrast of games.”

LaVelle said Roche is able to navigate the court real well, fill in the gaps and get to a lot of balls.

“I’m able to slam back the return, so I think that works well,” LaVelle said. “Kind the yin and yang, if you will.”

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses