The Thompson High boys tennis team ends every day’s practice session the same way.
“Every day after practice, we break it down on ‘Rise’ and it seems we are starting to see our team rising,” said Thompson High tennis coach Brad Easley.
One of the biggest strengths for the Warriors this season is experience. All six Thompson starters were varsity players last season. At the forefront are seniors Daniel McCammon (No. 2 singles), Asa Render (No. 4 singles) and Emerson Price (No. 5 singles).
“Our three seniors have taken the young guys under their wings and really matured since last year,” Easley said. “They still have some growing to do, but I have challenge them all year to step up and lead this team and raise the expectations of Thompson tennis. We have a very good opportunity to do that this year.”
A pair of youngsters are also playing big roles. Sophomore Jaden Sims plays No. 1 singles for the Warriors and freshman Christopher Killingsworth is No. 3.
The Warriors’ doubles teams are a work in progress.
“We have struggled early with our doubles matches, but we have put in a ton of work at practice,” Easley said. “I am seeing a lot of improvement in all of our doubles teams, especially our No. 3 (team of) Christopher Killingsworth and David Bell.”
Thompson was 3-2 heading into Thursday’s match with Pelham. Wins over Tuscaloosa County, Helena and Westminster all ended with an 8-1 score.
“We are also learning how to deal with adversity,” Easley said. “In the past, we have not handled it well, but I have seen so much progress and I am very proud of this team at this point of the season. The credit goes to them and their work ethics and attitudes.”