February 9th & 10th the Topper Boys tennis team begun the 2018 season with a 2nd place finish in El Paso, TX with 16 teams involved, 10 Texas schools and 6 New Mexico schools. This is the best finish the Topper Boys have enjoyed in 8+ years. Junior Thomas Chadwick finished 3rd in singles with a 4th and 5th finishes from LAHS Boys doubles teams, Martin Naud/Isaiah Martin and Jun Kim/Tim Martin.
The team followed the El Paso Invitational with a strong finish on February 23rd & 24th at the State-Wide invitational. The team finished 2nd behind Farmington High School. The Toppers were lifted by some new comers. Eli Iramk-Bent and Isaiah Martin won the doubles title to lift the Topper’s team score, while Shawn Stokes and Sam Crooks placed 3rd and 4th in singles in the bottom bracket. Thomas Chadwick finished 3rd in the top singles bracket with a very competitive field of players. The outstanding player goes to Martin Naud, he won his singles bracket and he and Senior Jun Kim played very well in the top doubles flight.
For the State-Wide event Coaches Lloyd Wilton and Dave Cook challenged the boy’s tennis team as they were without two of their top singles players Donald Poston and Sam Menefee. Coach Lloyd Wilton stated, “He was proud of the way his team competed and how they showed each other support.” Coach Eric Martinez is the teams JV coach and fitness coach. Lloyd said, “Eric’s training plan has kept the boys healthy and he is such an integral part of this team”. The boys played two straight days of tennis from 8am to 5pm. This is the iron man event of tennis and coach Wilton summed this up as, “these young men did not wince, complain, or give up.” The Toppers will compete again on March 2nd & 3rd at the Belen Team Tournament in Belen, NM.