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Coach: Dave Hughes. Outlook: The Class D Eagles are the smallest school in the state to have boys tennis. Junior Jonathan Deemer is back after reaching the second round at state last year at No. 1 singles. Also returning are senior James Dickerson (No. 2 doubles last season) and sophomores J.D. Needles (No. 2 singles) and Demy Sigowa (No. 2 doubles).

Lincoln Christian

Coach: Lucas Megrue. Outlook: The Crusaders graduated six seniors, five of whom were in the state tournament lineup. Juniors Kipper Marsh and Dalton McGerr headline this year’s squad.

Lincoln East

Coach: Jeff Hoham. Outlook: The Spartans, fifth at state last season, should be among the top teams in the state again with four starters returning. Senior Hunter Dunlap went 22-11 a year ago at No. 1 singles, while junior teammate Jacob Wenger has been in the last two No. 2 singles state-title matches, winning in 2011 and finishing runner-up last season. Seniors Hale Breit and Alex Heywood were third at state last year at No. 2 doubles with a 22-5 mark.

Lincoln High

Coach: Todd Sandberg. Outlook: There’s doubles experience back: Senior Race Schuurmans played No. 1 doubles a year ago and sophomores Caleb Martin and Christian Stoneall-Nelson were at No. 2. Senior Craig Findlay also lettered last season.

North Star

Coach: Nathan Renter. Outlook: Two players in last year’s state lineup are back — seniors Blake Chamberlin (No. 2 singles) and Mike Coffey (No. 1 doubles). Four other seniors — Brian Puckett, Alex Puentes, Devon Thompson and David Nguyen — figure to have prominent roles this season.

Northeast

Coach: Nick Wiehn. Outlook: Five of the players at the 2012 state meet return — juniors Allen Treichel (No. 1 singles in 2012), Chase Egger (No. 2 singles) and Daniel Kuchar (No. 2 doubles); and seniors Skyler Kilzer (No. 1 doubles) and Drew Peterson (No. 2 doubles).

Pius X

Coach: Nolan DeWispelare. Outlook: The Thunderbolts should be among the elite in Class B, with strong depth providing some battles for starting spots. Senior John Cecava reached the state quarterfinals at No. 2 singles last season, while junior Adam Olson was a quarterfinalist at No. 2 doubles. Junior Landon Warner is a two-time state medalist, reaching the semifinals at No. 1 doubles in 2012.

Southeast

Coach: Tim Tidball. Outlook: The Knights, 2011 Class A state champions and ’12 runners-up, look to reload behind senior Danny Clare at No. 1 singles.

Southwest

Coach: Denny Hershberger. Outlook: The Silver Hawks may be the team to beat in Class A. Senior C.J. Sjulin played No. 1 singles as a freshman and sophomore before combining with Justin Brinkman to take third at state last year at No. 1 doubles. Junior Cameron Spurrier was at No. 2 doubles a year ago. The Hawks add senior Jon Meyer, who’s spent most of the last two years at the Newcombe Tennis Academy in Texas, as well as tournament veterans in juniors Alex Woodward and Max Ferguson and standout freshman Lucas Dionisopoulos.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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