High school tennis powers can often seem like dynasties. Very good players show up early, then stay in power.
So, in the NVL, we have Wolcott threatening to take a fourth straight boys title this year.
Nonnewaug’s boys played that role in the Berkshire League for four of the last eight years.
Two years ago, the Chiefs seemed to turn a lack of school tennis courts into an advantage when the Nonnewaug girls caught up with the boys, turning in an undefeated championship season.
Last year, Thomaston’s girls straightened out the myths: it’s not dynasties nor some kind of twisted appreciation for not having tennis courts – it’s a whole town.
The Golden Bears won Class S girls basketball and softball state titles. Baseball made it to the Class S finals. Field hockey was a win away from a Berkshire League championship.
What better year for the Golden Bears’ girls tennis team to sweep through an undefeated season for its first girls tennis league title on its sprint to the Class S semifinals?
With eight of the Thomaston starters gone, that eruption seems unlikely again. Even coach Jeff Dauphinais left after 13 great years.
Nevertheless, the girls side could still attract excitement.
Shepaug and Litchfield both bring back eight starters.
The winner could have the makings of a dynasty.