2018 Boys Tennis Outlook: Area programs return veteran players
Boys Tennis Season Outlook
By Malcolm Shields
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Although only three area teams will field boys tennis teams this spring, two clubs return a solid core of athletes.
After a season hiatus, the Northeastern boys tennis team is back in action this spring, while Pasquotank will not field a team for the 2018 campaign.
Currituck, which features last season’s Area Player of the Year in Kaleb Kight, will battle with First Flight in the Northeastern Coastal Conference for the team league crown.
In the new 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference, John A. Holmes will compete against Manteo and Gates for the league title.
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Coach: Vic Ramsey
Last season’s record: (8-3, 4-2 Northeastern Coastal Conference)
Outlook: Currituck returns five starters from last season’s team.
Along with Kight, Currituck expects Josh Crisell to begin the season as the No. 1 singles player. Kight is slated as the No. 2, while junior Hunter Goins is the No. 3 singles.
Goins posted a 9-4 singles record as the No. 4 last spring.
Freshman Cody Kirnan is slotted for the No. 4 singles, Connor Goins will be the No. 5 and Matthew Erikson will be the No. 6 singles.
Kight and Crisell had success as the top doubles team in the conference.
Last spring the duo posted a 11-2 record en route to the NCC tournament title in doubles.
The doubles pair advanced to the 2A East Regional last season.
Both were strong in singles last season as Crisell was 9-1 as the No. 2, while Kight posted a 7-3 record as the No. 1 singles.
Also expected to contribute this season are juniors Chris Janovetz, Jonah Herwick and Devon Kato.
Herwick was a No. 6 last season, while Janovetz and Kato are first-year players.
Ramsey noted that the team has nine players that can all play and win matches.
The coach added that the team should be competitive in the conference.
JOHN A. HOLMES
Coach: Rachel Johnson
Last season’s record: (11-3, 6-0 Northeastern Coastal Conference)
Outlook: The Aces return four of six singles players from last season’s team.
William Whichard is slated to be the No. 1 singles player, Nev Duruman will be No. 2, Ryan Tunney is set to be the No. 3.
Wilson Mason returns this spring and will be the No. 4, Evans Mason takes the No. 5 spot, while Shane Spruill will be the No. 6 singles.
Josh Colon is also a returning player from last season.
Although Edenton lost its opening match to Washington on Feb. 28 by a 6-3 score, John A. Holmes’ veteran players Whichard and Duruman won their singles matches in straight sets.
The doubles of Tunney and Spruill won their match 8-4 against the Pam Pack.
Johnson noted that she is excited about the returning players and added that they have been working hard.
The coach noted that the many new players, which include Tunney and Spruill, will strive to make the team better throughout the season.
Coach: April Rowe Turner
Outlook: Although the Eagles have a new team, they do have the luxury of having a former Daily Advance Area Player of the Year on the roster.
LP Hornthal, who earned the Area Player of the Year honor during the 2016 season, will take to the court for his senior season.
David Kleinschuster also played the 2016 boys tennis team and will compete in his final high school season this spring.
Seniors Taylor Carter, Darius Walton, Parker Betts and Nolan Patel with freshmen Michael Carter and Alex Kockler also comprise the NHS tennis team.
Turner noted that with a new team, the club will be able to relax and have fun this season and added that she is excited to see how the season plays out.