A year ago, he was the anonymous freshman, bursting on to the state tennis scene. Playing No. 1 singles for a Division I school in just his first year of high school, if Trevor Schwarzmann had to deal with some growing pains, it sure didn’t show.
But he said it was just the culmination of a lifetime of hard work.
“I’ve been working hard since I was little, practicing with my dad. Nobody sees that part, they just see me winning matches in the newspaper,” he said. “Nobody else sees you practicing since you were four years old.”
This year, in his sophomore season, Schwarzmann was even better. He went 20-3, including the state tournament, and earned Standard-Times Boys Tennis Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
“I think I never give up, I fight all the way. I don’t give up, even when I’m struggling,” he said. “I was just trying to make it the deepest I could in the tournament. I made it further than last year, hopefully next year I’ll go even further.”
If his first year was the result of all the hard work he put in before high school, this year was the direct result of how much work he put in over the winter. After the high school soccer season ended this past fall, Schwarzmann started playing tennis as much as he could at Dartmouth Indoor, practicing with both his dad and club pro Kevin Erikson.
“I got to play a lot more than I usually do in the winter, got to practice more and get more hits on the ball,” he said. “My goal was to go undefeated this season.”
While he didn’t quite make it through the season with an unblemished record, he continued to turn heads by beating top-flight talent and leading Dartmouth into the postseason.
“I don’t think we’ve ever made it past the first round. That was kind of the goal,” he said. “I’m close friends with some of the seniors, and I wanted to see them get to go past the first round. We played really well, but we played a very good team (Needham) and lost 3-2. But we couldn’t have played better.”
Moving beyond the first round and going undefeated are still his goals for his upcoming junior season. Much as he did going into this past spring, Schwarzmann is already planning on how to improve for the next tennis season.
“I’ve been trying to work more on my fitness and getting stronger,” he said. “The three matches I lost this year, two of them were to Max Francis from Barnstable, and I think it’s only because he was bigger and stronger.”
And he also feels he’s part of a youth movement for the Indians that will make them competitive among some of the best teams the state has to offer for the next couple of years.
“A lot of the kids that are coming up, a lot of the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, they played matches they have never played before,” he said. “All of the experience they got was a great stepping stone for next year. I think we’ll be even better next year.”