Sports Spotlight: Brian Swanberg

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Legacy is running away with the regular season in tennis. The Sabers are 17-0 and at the center of their dominance is senior Brian Swanberg.

He has not dropped a WDA match in singles, plus he's the West Region Doubles Champion two years running, which is a big reason why he's in the Sports Spotlight.

Legacy Tennis has its first senior class. And just about the most experienced varsity athlete you'll come by, Brian Swanberg, is in his sixth year of varsity and his second school. All-State in singles and a two-time regional doubles champion, the senior southpaw has been at the heart of the Sabers undefeated season.

"Brian brings a lot of leadership. He's a senior, it's our first year having a senior. He's played tennis for six years and has been tremendous for all the teams that have had a chance to coach," says Scott McPherson, Legacy Tennis Coach.

McPherson first coached Swanberg at Century, bringing him up to varsity in seventh grade. Swanberg moved to the newly opened Legacy High School his sophomore year.

"Growing up, you always saw yourself at Century. I was looking forward to to the team I had at Century, so I was a little sad when I first heard about Legacy. And I was also pretty sad for awhile because originally when they were talking about having a Legacy Tennis Team, they were just going to have JV. But eventually we competed varsity. It's been a fun ride," says Swanberg.

"It was perfect because Legacy was in it's infancy stages with tennis, and we were able to go right into a varsity program because of some of the guys giving us that leadership," says McPherson.

Swanberg has taken major steps with his net game this year. An improvement he credits to his coach.

"He kept on telling me 'go to the net Brian. Go to the net.' Then I started going to the net more, and I kind of found success. With coach, he kind of helped me create a game style where I could still be consistent, but I could be aggressive at the same time and be able to put balls away," says Swanberg.

Come tournament time, Brian will have to play either singles or doubles. He says he's made his choice but is keeping it close to the vest.

"I kind of made up my mind, but I don't want to say what it is," says Swanberg.

The West Region Tournament begins Thursday in Minot.