By Gene Bleile

For the first time in years, the Seaford boy’s tennis team will not be in a rebuilding mode for the upcoming 2023 Henlopen Conference season. Head coach Connor Graybeal has worked hard on recruiting players for the past two years and starting his third year at the helm, he has six returning players with experience and the confidence to put together a great season despite losing first singles player Peter Garcia and second doubles player Alex Diaz from last year’s squad to graduation.

Seaford boys’ tennis head coach Connor Graybeal will be returning for his third year of coaching to start the 2023 spring season. Photo by Gene Bleile

“We have tremendous depth on the team and the seniors have a lot to prove, since they have worked hard for the past three years,” he said after a recent practice.

“We will be building on our two wins from last season (2-8 overall and 2-8 in conference) and we are hopeful that we will continue to improve and be a consistent winner this year.”

“I am also really excited about the strength of our doubles team for this season, which will include the first doubles team of Omar Diaz and Isiah Sutton and our second doubles team of Blake Dasher and Torrin Ryan,” he added.

The singles lineup will also include experienced players Dominic and Bennett Breitenbach while freshmen newcomers Gabe Colasuonno, Diejly Joseph, Ismalia Busso and Dens-nero Augustin, will try and win a slot in pre-season.

“I am excited about our newcomers and I expect the freshmen to work hard and improve quickly to contribute to our season,” Graybeal concluded.

The Blue Jays open their 2023 season on the road at Dover High School on Friday, March 24, followed by their first home match on Wednesday, March 29.