FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy boys’s team didn’t experience the thrill of victory this spring, but the 2019 Raiders got better with each practice and match — two things Coach Justin Chaffee is proud of.
“We went winless this season, but they competed in every match,” he said. “It is important to keep reminding the team that playing a level up will only make you a better player in the long run. They kept a strong attitude throughout the season, which is great to see.”
Chaffee said, Edwin Au-Young carried “the mantle of team captain very well. He always made sure that the team was informed with practices and matches.”
Co-captain Thad Thorne also “set an example by coming to every match and practice and competing to the best of his ability.”
Phinneus Lucy “was the utility player for the team and had two switch from playing No. 1 doubles to No. 3 singles a few times, but he stepped up to the task.”
Newcomers Aaron Zakon and Owen West “were not starters in the beginning of the season, but their commitment to practices and showing up led to them becoming a starting team at No. 2 doubles.”
Chaffee added: “Overall, the boys had fun and that’s the most important goal. I think the biggest lesson for the year was to keep fighting even if you are outmatched and to learn from loses. If you win all the time then you get comfortable and don’t learn anything.”