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Norwalk's Wyatt Brown and Andrew Riley slap hands after winning a point during a first doubles match on Thursday vs. in SBC Lake Division play vs. Tiffin Columbian at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

Norwalk's Austin Brown returns a shot during his first singles match on Thursday vs. Tiffin Columbian in SBC Lake Division action at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

Norwalk's Ben Traczek and Sam Vanderpool tap rackets during a No. 2 doubles match vs. Tiffin Columbian on Thursday at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

Carson Colahan hits the ball during his second singles match vs. Tiffin Columbian on Thursday at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

Norwalk assistant coach Dave Rehnborg, center, gives instruction to Wyatt Brown and Andrew Riley during Thursday's SBC Lake Division match vs. Tiffin Columbian at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

Norwalk tennis head coach Chris Higgins gives instructions to Ezra Forney prior to Thursday's match vs. Tiffin Columbian at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

 Traczek said.We go out and just pretty much want to beat whoever is across from us

Norwalk Truckers
Norwalk tennis maintaining its lofty winning standards Mark Hazelwood • Updated Apr 19, 2019 at 9:16 PM

NORWALK — By all accounts, a 14-win season with a competitive 11-3 league record is a very good year.

But for one of the most decorated athletic program in area sports history, something didn't quite ring true.

"We knew everyone needed to work hard to win, and we just didn’t get it done last year," said Norwalk tennis senior and No. 1 singles player Austin Brown. "I feel like that’s all of the more reason to get it done this year."

Norwalk (12-1, 7-0) is four wins away from at least a share of a 27th league championship over the past 35 years.

The 28 titles the Truckers have won overall were the most Northern Ohio League championships by any athletic program among 12 schools over the 73 years of the league from 1944-2017.

Norwalk and six other NOL schools joined the Sandusky Bay Conference last season. In their first year in the SBC Lake Division, the Truckers lost three matches. All three setbacks were by narrow 3-2 scores — twice to eventual champion Clyde, and one vs. former NOL foe Shelby.

Earlier this month, Norwalk topped the Fliers at home on April 4, also by a 3-2 score. The Truckers visit Clyde (13-1, 6-1) on Monday with a chance to go up two matches with four league matches left.

"No matter the team, no matter the year, and no matter the talent level, our top team goal is to compete for a league championship," Norwalk head coach Chris Higgins said. "That is the message that the first singles player down to the last junior varsity player hears every year.

"Those three losses last season came in three highly competitive matches that were full of third sets," he added. "Hopefully we can continue to navigate the SBC Lake Division as we begin the second half of the league schedule."

Equally important, however, is the sustainability side of winning — beyond the league titles.

“For ourselves and Coach Higgins, we want to be our best,” No. 1 doubles player and senior Andrew Riley said. “So that everyone sees the name ‘Norwalk’ and knows it’s going to be a tough match against a top team. But working for that is really hard. When we lose a match, we work even harder and do our best to keep going. We push through it and dig deeper.”

Norwalk is led by Brown at first singles for a second straight year. The senior is 13-4 this season, and his 87 career wins rank eighth all-time in program history. He’s followed Trevor Bowers (123-10) and Andrew Herner (75-48) at the No. 1 position.

The Truckers as a team are 156-32 (.829 winning percentage) during the 10 seasons of Bowers, Herner and Brown at first singles entering Monday’s match at Clyde.

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