SHS tennis team enters new year with a new district and confidence

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Trying to compete in tennis with Wylie is very tough for anyone. Sweetwater had that task for years by being in the same district.
But things are looking much better with the perennial state champions’ move up to 5A, plus Brownwood’s move to another 4A district.
The new 5-4A district for the Mustang and Lady Mustangs still has Big Spring and Snyder — but losing Wylie to 5A and Brownwood to 7-4A with Midland Greenwood and San Angelo Lake View replacing them puts Sweetwater in a more level district, according to coach Marckus Wolowicz.
And having 26 players on hand for morning practices that began Monday — the first fall matches are today — is a good sign as well and a huge jump since Wolowicz became Sweetwater’s head coach four years ago.
As a result, Wolowicz sees a possibility of having much better results after three years of trying to meet such a high bar to compete well in the old district.
For Wolowicz, the goal is to make the regional tourney in Big Spring by finishing as one of the top two district teams. He sees it as a realistic goal with seven seniors and other experienced returning players on hand.
“Everyone gets along. Our confidence level has gone up. Coach (Erin) Skaats has been a big help too,” said Wolowicz of his assistant.
After this week’s matches, Wolowicz will seed his players to determine their ranks as Sweetwater prepares to start district play that will begin next month.