Located between Dayton and Cincinnati, Wilmington High School often
gets overlooked by the media in both markets. This spring, the
Hurricane boys tennis team will warrant coverage from both. Despite graduating nine seniors from last year’s team, the Hurricane enter the season as one of
the top teams in Southwest Ohio.
Located between Dayton and Cincinnati, Wilmington High School often gets overlooked by the media in both markets. This spring, the Hurricane boys tennis team will warrant coverage from both.
Despite graduating nine seniors from last year’s team that finished third in the Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Association Division I poll and tied for second in the competitive Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division, the Hurricane enter the season as one of the top teams in Southwest Ohio.
Head coach Steven Reed (70-34 in eight years) is confident in the Hurricane’s potential.
And he should be.
“We have one of the more dangerous teams in the Dayton or Cincinnati areas this year,” Reed said. “We play a tough schedule and the FAVC Cardinal Division is one of the more tennis-rich divisions around with Kings, Turpin and Walnut Hills all being perennial top ten teams in Cincinnati. We hope to be the sleeper that bigger programs overlook this year.”
Don’t sleep on the Hurricane and especially first singles player Tyler Johnston. A junior, Johnston has a 48-14 career record and is the two-time defending Dayton sectional champion. Johnston has also won the Patriot Invitational twice and was 25-7 last season en route to first team FAVC Cardinal honors. A first team MVTCA selection last year, Johnston earned honorable mention all-area from the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association.
“Tyler is now among the top two or three players in Southwestern Ohio,” Reed said. “He may very well be ‘the’ player to beat in the southwest district this year.”
Another Hurricane that will be tough to beat is senior Elliot Conti.
Conti was a member of last year’s FAVC Cardinal first singles champions and has a career record of 57-18 playing a mixture of singles and doubles. Expect Conti to play second singles.
Said Reed: “He does nothing but win tennis matches no matter where he plays.”
Other players expected to make significant contributions are junior Chris Million and senior Luke Filkins.
Overall the prospects for the program are on the upswing.
Wilmington will break new ground this summer on a 10-court facility at the high school.
Said Reed: “Tennis is definitely growing in Wilmington.”