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Tennis squads maintain focus on team goals


In late April, boys tennis teams are looking to gain momentum or begin to look toward the following season.

At New Hope-Solebury, head coach Mike Dickey is optimistic that the school’s recent spring break can help motivate the 5-2 Lions to a strong finish over their final three matches. The Lions have had a productive spring despite not having their home courts due to various conditions.

“We have a pretty good team,” said Dickey. “We have been playing away from the school, and we still have managed to put together a strong season. We have five seniors who have really set the pace for us.”

Four-year starter and No. 1 player Caleb Burrows has formed an effective top two tandem with fellow senior Laszlo Madarasz. Seniors Jon Li and Patrick Costello have led the double attack.

Dickey is optimistic the final regular season matches can be a precursor to the upcoming BAL tournament, in which the Lions are hoping to avenge an earlier loss to Lower Moreland.

“We’ll have a good read of our team in the final matches,” added Dickey. “We want to do well in the BAL and hopefully get another crack at Lower Moreland. If we can do that and beat them, we should get into districts.”

At Palisades, the Pirates have been among the top team in the league, and they appear ready for the postseason.

“We came into the season with high expectations, and we have been playing well,” said head coach Frank Reppert. “We had seven players who saw varsity time last season, and we’re looking for them to have a good postseason.”

The Pirates have been paced by seniors Michael Swope and Gavin Kelly, who have exceled at the first and second spot, as well as junior Tim Gehman, who has been consistent at No. 3.

Reppert is confident his doubles team can shake off some early season rust. Senior Ethan Scott and junior Sean Johnson have been the most dependable.

He sees his team capable of making an impact in leagues and districts.

“Our top three players can do well in singles,” he said. “We believe we can be among the top five teams in our bracket.”

Times haven’t been as easy at Pennridge, where the Rams are looking beyond this season.

“It has been a tough season, but we are working on growing our game each and every day and having fun playing the sport,” said head coach Aaron Rapsinski. “With losing the entire team outside of fourth doubles, it was expected to be a rebuilding year. Many of our players are brand new to competitive tennis and have had little to no training before this year.

“We have mostly freshman and sophomores on the team this year, with a couple of juniors and seniors.”

The Rams lone victories have come from their doubles team of senior Nolan Jameson and freshman Carter Patterson. Other doubles players, senior Nick Duke, sophomores Hunter Wolff and Jeffrey Ramos, and freshmen Liam Rawling and Bailey Bishop, also have registered victories.

Down the stretch, it will be about steadily progressing.

“We are just looking to improve each match that we play in,” added Rapsinski. “Even if we are unable to win, we want to try to be competitive and have fun. Unfortunately, the postseason is not in our plans for this season.”

Rebuilding also is in the outlook for Quakertown, which has struggled to gain its footing.

The Panthers have a majority of underclassmen in the mix, ones who are gaining experience on the path.

“We have four seniors and nine underclassmen,” said head coach Beth Perez. “Our singles players play competitive tennis throughout the year, but we have most of them who were trying to figure out the game and get used to each other.”

Senior Zach Perina has handled the No. 1 spot with junior Andrew Miller at No. 2 and senior Noah Robinson at No. 3.

“Our top three players have battled, but we just need to keep playing,” added Perez. “These kids will get better if they commit themselves.”

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