North’s boy tennis

Jonathan Bratter ('20) at a home match last year.

Jonathan Bratter ('20) at a home match last year.

Citlalli Perez, News Editor

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With the chilly weather still affecting many spring sports, the bipolar climate doesn’t stop the boy’s tennis program from continuing to practice or attend matches. In the past month, the boys have participated in eight matches against conference and non-conference schools. In the mix have been invitationals including the Hampshire Invite on prom day, April 6. Boys varsity tennis has already faced some conference schools such as Auburn HS, Boylan HS, and Jefferson HS.

“We are about to come up on our busy part of the schedule and soon focus on conference. We want to finish in the top half. Our conference record at the moment is 1-2 but the guys are getting better and we like our chances,” said varsity’s coach Hillman.

Coming up on the boy’s agenda, they will travel 50 minutes to Freeport HS for the Freeport Invite on April 13. Soon after that, they will play two home matches against Harlem on the 16 and Guilford on the 18. North’s tennis team will travel to Woodstock on the 17.

Although the boys are six conference matches away from NIC-10 conference, nine in total, preparation solely comes from including more game time, whether it be from practice or matches, the more practice the more confidence established.

As for NIC-10 time and place, this year Belvidere HS will be hosting it for two days, beginning matches on May 3. Right before IHSA Sectionals, depending on the outcome at NIC-10, the boys will squeeze in a home match against Marengo on May 7. The location of the IHSA Sectionals on May 17 is still to be determined.

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