The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 31, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS 2014 — What a racket

Geneva once again expected to lead the way in area

With a high number of letterwinners retuning to the area, the 2014 tennis season should be an interesting one to watch.

Despite losing 5 seniors, Geneva should once again be at the head of the class, but rising squads in Conneaut and Jefferson and an influx of strong young players at a number of other schools will make matches exciting across the Star Beacon’s coverage area.

Here is a detailed look at all of the area’s teams heading into the season:

Conneaut

Coach Dave Simpson’s sqyad was 11-6 a season ago is primed to for an even better go this time around.

“Although still young, we have 6 returning letterwinners who gained valuable playing time and had one of Conneaut’s most successful tennis seasons last year,” Simpson said. “We also have one of the most talented freshmen tennis players moving up to the varsity from Conneaut Middle School. We should be strong from top to bottom as our singles and doubles have mostly returned.

“As usual, we need to get outside, but the weather has not been cooperative. Of the 8 returning players, 6 got extensive varsity experience last year and 2 got some. The lone freshman will compliment the lineup nicely. They are a talented group and we are excited to get the season under way and anxious to get outside.”

Back for the Spartans are senior Scott Gerdes, junior Jacob Edwards and sophomores Rashad Al-Arabi, Alex Gerdes, Sean O’Meara and Tyee Stewart. Joining the mix are sophomores Adam Bissett and Gage Janek and freshman Adam Laitinen.

Not having a conference, the Spartans place importance on their matches with local rivals.

“Since we are not in a conference, we look forward to playing traditional rivals and county teams like Edgewood, Lakeside, Geneva, Jefferson, St. John and Grand River Academy. Other teams we look forward to, to test our talents against and also prepare us for the OHSAA tournament include Madison, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Harvey, Gilmour Academy and Ursuline.

“We have a full schedule against teams that will test us, give us experience and prepare us for going into the state tournament.”

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