Eagles, Mounts sweep in regular season finale Look ahead to L-L Tourney
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
The Ephrata and Cocalico boys tennis teams both closed out the regular season in impressive fashion last Wednesday as the Eagles swept Penn Manor while Ephrata did the same against Elizabethtown.
In Cocalico’s 7-0 victory, Drew Weinhold, Zach Weinhold, Evan Hinckley and Solomon Thorpe all posted singles wins. In doubles action, the Cocalico teams of Weinhold/Weinhold, Austin Noll/Simeon Thorpe, and Luke Diciano/ Charles Wolf all were winners as well.
Cocalico closed out the regular season at 8-6 overall (5-5 Section One).
"Reflecting on this 2012 tennis season, I would say that we are pleased with our (season)," Cocalico Coach Todd Snyder said Tuesday. "We played up to our potential and were successful against the teams we hoped we could beat, and we lost to the teams who are the perennial tennis powers. We had an unexpected loss to McCaskey in which two matches were decided by a few points, but we beat Elco, who went on to finish second in Section Two. An upset of one of the top teams in Section One would have made our season one to remember."
In Ephrata’s big 7-0 victory, Gabriel Murcia, Kyle Smith, Hugh Good and Ryan Fritz all claimed singles wins on the day. The doubles teams of Murcia/Good, Fritz/Peter Wise, and Alex Smith/Lukas Olson also were winners to close out the sweep.
With the win, Ephrata finished the season at 7-7 (4-6 Section One).
"We finished our season pretty much where I had expected," Ephrata Coach Steve Sweigart said. "Playing with the new format favors the bigger schools and Section One has some elite teams that were above us and we ended up in the middle of the pack. We lost some very close 4-3 matches. Overall I could not have asked for more. We competed well against every team."
With the regular season in the books, both Ephrata and Cocalico will now get set for the L-L Tennis Tournament, which will get underway Thursday at four different venues across the county, beginning at 9 a.m.
In Flight One singles set for Conestoga Valley, Ephrata’s Murcia (5-10) will take on fourth-seeded David Musser of Manheim Township. Cocalico will also be represented as Drew Weinhold (5-6) faces off against sixth-seeded Colin Wolgemuth of Manheim Central.
"It would be rewarding for Drew Weinhold to win a few matches since he has truly made a big effort to improve himself as a tennis player since last season ended," Snyder said. "Unfortunately, the number one singles in AAA is loaded in talented and tournament tough players. He plays Wolgemuth, whom he played tough during the year."
Sweigart agreed that the field is very talented from top to bottom in Flight One.
"Flight One is loaded," he said. "Gabriel Murcia has had an excellent season, unfortunately he drew the fourth seed in the first round. The other flights we have a good chance to get through a round or two."
In Flight Two singles at Manheim Central, Cocalico’s Zach Weinhold (8-3) has earned the second seed and will face Devin Esch of CV in Round One. Kyle Smith (7-8) of Ephrata also will be in action, facing Josh Riley of Lancaster Catholic.
Snyder assessed Weinhold’s chances in making a run.
"Zach has improved as the season progressed, and his best tennis lies ahead of him," he said. "We look for him to continue playing well, and to have a successful tournament."
At Warwick where Flight Three singles will take center stage, Hinckley (7-7) of Cocalico is a darkhorse, according to Snyder. However, he has earned a tough draw as he will battle second-seeded Tom Athey of Hempfield in the first round. In the upper half of the bracket, Good (7-8) of Ephrata will take on Troy Amspacher of Conestoga Valley.
In Flight Four singles to be held at McCaskey, Fritz (12-3) of Ephrata has earned the three seed and will face Elco’s Noah Ginder in the first round. Cocalico’s Joel Repoley (7-4) will also be in action as he will battle Andre Groff of Lancaster Mennonite.
"Ryan makes his opponent work on every point," Sweigart said. "That is what has made his season so successful. I am sure he will continue throughout the tournament. He took (Bobby Belser of Manheim Twp.) the top seed in his flight to a tiebreaker in their regular season meeting."
In addition to singles, both Cocalico and Ephrata are well represented in the doubles tournament held entirely at Conestoga Valley.
In Flight One doubles, The sixth-seeded Cocalico tandem of Weinhold and Weinhold (9-5) will square off with Manheim Townships’ Bobby Belser and Harrison Frankhouser in the first round. Ephrata’s duo of Murcia and Good (2-4) have a first-round matchup against Ryan Zinn and Alex Koltun of Cedar Crest.
The Ephrata tandem of Fritz and Wise (8-6) will matchup with Lebanon’s Alex Kuhn and Alex Trautman in Flight Two. Also competing in Flight Two is the Cocalico doubles team of Repoley and Kijana Hoover (4-2), who will battle CV’s Manley Wong and Will Zechman.
Both Ephrata and Cocalico will also be represented in Flight Three as the Mounts’ third pairing of Alex Smith and Olson (11-4) will take on Donegal’s Matt Deibler and Kurtis Mumma. Cocalico’s Noll and Solomon Thorpe (5-6) will play the Lancaster Mennonite team of Wanner and Sauder. More BOYS TENNIS, page B-2