“The Humphrey family has been good to us,” Hamilton said. “Things didn’t materialize for us back at Wildcat Creek. We needed a place to go and we went to the Humphrey family. They’re working [a crowded high school and middle school schedule]. They’re a great family. They really believe in the youth.”
Hamilton noted he has a new assistant coach, Jef Buckley. He is filling the role previously held by longtime assistant Jerry Carpenter, who passed away in October.
Seniors Caleb Copp, Brad Townsend, Nick Denman and Fred Durham lead the Titans. Sophomores Alan Bottomley and Clay Dishon and freshman Bryce Fritsch, Tyler Koon and Tyler Till also are in the mix.
Durham, Bottomley and Copp played in the sectional last year.
“I think there’s going to be a competitive nature this year,” Taylor coach Justin Palmer said. “I’d be lying if I said after three or four matches, the top five wasn’t kind of established, but I really look for all the kids to push each other for those top five spots. I expect the freshmen to push the older kids.”
Palmer expects to have a better feel for his squad after a few more practices.
“The weather has kind of been detrimental the past couple weeks, but we’re kind of lucky in the fact we don’t have our first match until next week so hopefully we’ll have some nice days to practice and get ready,” he said.
Taylor opens against Western on April 23 at Chippendale.