The Hamilton boys tennis team saw the best in the state right off the bat.
On April 6, the Chargers lost to Greater Metro Conference foe, and the reigning Division 1 state champion Marquette, 6-1.
HHS' lone win came at No. 1 singles, where sophomore Alex Moore beat Josh Guillermo 2-6, 7-5, 6-0.
"Against Marquette, Alex was a little unsteady and uncertain in the first set," Hamilton coach Alan Schneider said. "But as he settled down in the second set, his confidence came back, and he patiently dismantled Josh Guillermo. I expect this to be a great season for Alex. He will have some key wins against some difficult players, and will grow into a confident and dominant leader on and off the court."
Moore gained valuable experience in 2016 when he replaced his brother, Tony, at the top singles spot when Tony suffered an injury.
"With that experience, coupled with a tremendous improvement in the offseason, Alex is a confident and solid player who will compete with the best in Division 1 tennis," Schneider said.
Schneider said this season will be a rebuilding one for the Chargers.
"I only scheduled a few early matches this season due to the placement of spring break and the variations between breaks for the surrounding schools, including within our own conference," Schneider said. "This extra practice time has given me the opportunity to try out new players and player combinations."
Five key seniors graduated from last season's squad, including from the top singles and doubles spots. Four sophomores will be new to the varsity team in 2017.
"Brandon Hoff, Noah Glasgow, Ryan Wegener and Ian Moore will gain some experience this season on both the singles and the doubles side," Schneider said. "Seniors Sam Smith and Alex Menzia will be in the singles lineup and will hopefully contribute some experience and leadership to the new young players. On the doubles side, last year's No. 2 doubles team of Max Stacey and Luke Walters will take over the top spot. Connor Rhodes is also back with a new partner at No. 3 doubles. This is definitely a rebuilding year, but I hope we will have our new players develop throughout the season and gain some much-needed match experience, which will serve us well into the future."