Hammond’s young boys tennis team, under the guidance of famed Midlands teaching professional Bernie McGuire, is off to a 6-0 start this spring, including a 5-0 run in the first half of the SCISA Region 2-3A campaign.
The Skyhawks open the second half of the conference schedule Friday at home against St. Joseph’s.
Hammond’s lineup features freshman Ben Horst at No. 1 singles, sophomore Ira Usry at No. 2 singles, seventh-grader Bill Horst at No. 3 singles, sophomore Ted Lydon at No. 4 singles, sophomore Will Besley at No. 5 singles and sophomore William Greenberg at No. 6 singles.
Ben Horst, Bill Horst and Besley are all 6-0 in singles outings to date, while Lyndon and Greenberg are both 5-1. Usry has split his six singles outings.
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McGuire has employed 14 players in nine different pairings in doubles so far. The most successful doubles teams have been Ben and Bill Horst (3-0), Usry and Besley (3-0), Ellis and Miles Reese (3-1), Cliff and Albert Kitchens (2-0) and Greenberg and Lyndon (2-0).