BOYS TENNIS 2017: STAYING IN TUNE ON AND OFF THE COURT IMPORTANT TO AVON

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    Avon’s Jack Thorne, left, A.J. Sumser, middle, Spencer Yates and Chase Fensore (not pictured) all balance tennis with busy schedules that include orchestra and drama.

     

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

The Avon boys tennis team is about as musical as you can get … but its bus rides are surprisingly quiet.

With members of the school orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, school choir and musical theater sprinkled throughout the Eagles lineup, one would think the rides to competitions would be melodious affairs.

Not so.

“Surprisingly, we don’t listen to music on the bus,” junior A.J. Sumser said. “Our bus rides to matches are usually very quiet and we don’t talk much before the matches.

“Most of the time we just don’t have music on when we’re in the tennis situation.”

Chase Fensore, another junior, agrees.

“We’re getting into a competitive mindset to get ready for our match,” he said. “It’s the same when we’re getting ready for a concert.”

Sumser, a returning letterwinner who plays singles and doubles, recently played the lead role of Mark in Avon High School’s production of “Rent” and also sings in the school’s choir.

Fensore plays the cello in the school’s chamber orchestra as well as in the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. First singles player Jack Thorne, yet another junior, also plays cello in the chamber orchestra while senior Spencer Yates, who plays first doubles, plays piano and cello in the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

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