To Rehab and Back

Last year, around this time, you may have seen, then junior, Lucas Eby at the highly coveted number one singles spot on the varsity tennis team. Eby was participating in an off-season clinic when he fell after a run-in with another player. Eby tore his ACL, the worst thing to happen to any athlete. He spent the rest of the winter in physical therapy where he was healing from surgery. He went to the courts a lot, and hit a little bit with the team. He did a lot of rehab. All Eby wanted was to get his leg back in shape.

Lucas Eby and Park Wurster, both seniors, shake hands with their opponents from Vincennes Lincoln. The Jasper boys tennis team ended up winning the Senior Night match against Vincennes Lincoln 5-1 and their only loss in the 3 singles spot.

This senior night match was Lucas’s first and last match of the year. When asked how he felt about being a senior, he replied, “[It] hasn’t hit me yet.” His doubles partner, Park Wurster, spoke about that subject as well. He said that it felt like they were just little freshman getting bossed around by the upperclassmen, and now it’s their turn. This was not the first time these two have played together. They played together back in their freshman and sophomore years. This match against Vincennes proved they still have chemistry together. Everyone in the JTennis “family” has chemistry together. “It does not matter if we are on Varsity or JV, we are still a team,” says Wurster, “No matter where we are, we can always hang out. We are brothers.”

Now, Eby is taking his return back to tennis slow. He does not want to re-injure his knee again. “I’m playing it smart because I can still injure my leg,” he says. Lucas will not get the chance to play in the IHSAA tournament his senior year of tennis, but he will be right along side of his teammates, cheering them on. So far, Jasper has won sectionals and just received a win against the Northeast Dubois Jeeps to claim the title of Regional Champs. They will play the Semi-State match on Saturday, October 7, at their home courts.