In boys tennis, Warriors hope to be a contender in NCCC this spring

Canton senior Joe Bowman

CANTON, April 2 – With three seniors at the top of the lineup, the Canton High boys tennis team is looking for a strong campaign.

The Warriors, 5-9 a year ago, will be led by seniors Joe Bowman, Liam Connolly and Brian Barger, most likely in the top three singles spots.

Bowman lost just once last year in the regular season to Ellington’s Micah Fox, the NCCC individual champion at No. 1 singles. Fox also beat Bowman in the final of the NCCC Tournament. Bowman finished the year ranked No. 11 in Class S.

Connolly, at No. 2 singles, is coming off a solid junior campaign with 10 wins in a challenging NCCC. Barger, one of three senior captains with Bowman and Connolly, has shown steady growth throughout his career.

“One of our team’s strengths are our seniors,” Canton coach Dante Boffi said. “They have the obvious on-court experience but they also bring a great deal of team comradery. I have always been blessed as a coach to have high character players here at Canton this year certainly fits that bill.”

Sophomore Cole Glasgow, juniors Leon Chin, Rowan Cookman and freshman Jason Ho should be contributing throughout the season.

Boffi hopes that Canton can contend with Ellington and Granby for the NCCC championship this spring. Ellington and Granby shared the league title a year ago with a 13-1 record while Ellington won the league tournament with 17-14 win over Granby.

This will be Boffi’s ninth year at the helm of the Warriors, who have posted winning records in four of the last five seasons including a 12-2 mark in 2013.

Canton hosts their first home match of the season on Thursday when the Warriors host Enfield/Somers at 3:45 p.m. at Mills Pond Park.

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