Freshman class key to Hesston College men’s tennis success

Fourth-year Hesston College tennis coach Jeron Baker will rely on several new faces as the 2012 season nears. Included on the roster are sophomores Austin Loucks (Elkhart, Ind.), Jake Painter (Springfield, Mo.) and Claude Stickler (Goshen, Ind.). Freshmen include Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.), Keenan Jensen (Hesston, Kan.), Michael Oyer (Hesston, Kan.), Keisei Ohta (Kitayamata Yokohama, Japan) and Luis Ramirez (Tachira, Venezuela).

“We’ll have good competition up and down our roster,” Baker said. “As many as four freshmen could crack the top six. I’m excited to see who steps up.”

Several matches highlight the 2012 schedule, including a March 27 date at neighboring Bethel College (North Newton) whose roster includes former Hesston standout David Tedone, now a top player for the Threshers’ program. On March 28, Hesston hosts local rival Tabor College.

The Larks will look to build on last year’s success when the men’s team recorded impressive wins against four-year varsity programs Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.), Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) and Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, Kan.).