Boys’ tennis team swings into spring season


Photo courtesy of Dresden Bouman

Tommy Wickham, Co-Captain of the boys’ tennis team, speaks at the spring sports pep assembly.

This year, the Trinity boys’ tennis team is back in session. As winter comes to a close and spring approaches, the boys are making their comeback on the court. 

Starting in the middle of March and usually finishing the season around the end of April, the team has competed in several matches so far. Each match is either played at home or away at schools like Bethel Park, South Park and South Fayette. On April 4, 2023, the team won sectionals at South Fayette. 

In order to prepare for games, players attend practices to refine their skills. During practices, they begin by warming up for ten to fifteen minutes. This can include hitting the ball back and forth with each other or jogging around the court. 

By the end of practice, the team participates in match plays where they play against one another. All of this takes place at Washington Park due to their old tennis court being taken out of the middle school. A new court will be constructed at Trinity West in the near future.

One of the coaches of the tennis team, Coach Merich, has much to say about her team this year.

“Over the years, a lot more people have been participating. We have a really good group of seniors this year. I think we have a really good foundation for accomplishing great things,” Merich states.

 The Captain of the Varsity team is Ethan Clawson and the Co-Captain of the team is Tommy Wickam. Wickham plays on the varsity team as a doubles player, meaning he and another teammate play with each other against two other players in matches.

Wickham has been playing on the boys’ tennis team since he was a freshman and says that he has been playing the sport for a total of five years.

Recently, the team won two matches against Thomas Jefferson and McGuffey. Both Merich and Wickham express that their team has done exceptionally well this year, especially considering the fact that their season started relatively recently.

There is a strong sense of sportsmanship throughout the team, as it is said that the players all work well together.

“My overall relationship with my team is great. I could not imagine playing tennis with any other group of people,” Wickham notes.

Merich stresses that the team is a no-cut team; she and Coach Stoner accept everyone willing to put in the time and 

effort to work on the skill. Anyone interested in joining the team should contact Merich at