There have 16 been times this season where the Norton boys tennis team has taken the court to compete against an opponent.
And all 16 times Norton has come out on top when the scores are added up.
Norton continued its run at perfection with victories over visiting Canton Central Catholic on Friday, host Woodridge on Saturday, visiting Kent Roosevelt on Monday and host Field on Tuesday.
The Panthers (16-0, 12-0) will play in the Portage Trail Conference Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday at Ravenna.
“I am really pleased with how the guys are playing,” Norton coach Phil Seenes said. “I didn’t know what to think losing those three seniors last year, Brandon Caynor, Kyle May and Riley Roland. They were pretty good. Brandon and Kyle were one set away from making it to state [in Division II last year]. So, I was little unsure how this year would play out. This freshman, Justin Csepe, is pretty good. He grew up playing tennis and has really stepped up and solidified the top of our lineup.”
Csepe is playing No. 1 singles for Norton, which went 16-1 overall last year and 11-1 against PTC foes. Junior Milan Jevric, sophomore Austin Storad and junior Cole Collins also contribute as singles players.
The Panthers doubles units feature seniors Randy Roland and Jovan Jevric and juniors Matt Hlas and Nick Milich.
Caynor and May were Division II sectional champions last year and finished fifth at district. Randy Roland and Jovan Jevric also reached the district tournament following a third place finish at sectional.
Seenes said Norton is seeking its third PTC title in a row and sixth overall during the past nine seasons.
“So far we are playing very well,” Seenes said. “We have a tough stretch ahead with our league tournament and the postseason.”
Norton will play in the Division I sectional later this month in Medina in a tournament that features players from Copley, Cloverleaf, Medina, Highland, Revere, Walsh Jesuit, Kent Roosevelt, Firestone, Wadsworth, Tallmadge, North, Hudson, Brecksville, Twinsburg, Wooster, Brunswick, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and Nordonia.
Seenes, 32, is a graduate of Norton (2000) and the University of Akron (2010). He is a substitute teacher who also has experience as Norton’s girls junior varsity tennis coach and freshman boys basketball coach.