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Sunday, March 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Riverside Park in Oakmont had its tennis courts resurfaced, but the sleek, new layout won't have a team to play on it this spring.

Because of a lack of participation, Riverview High School is suspending its boys team for a year.

Athletic director Bob Kariotis said a poll was taken during gym classes to gauge boys' interest in tennis. Results were positive in the beginning, but sign-ups were scarce — to the tune of two committed players.

Most who showed initial interest decided to play other sports.

The program will have to wait a year to return to a WPIAL section.

Roundball picks

Boys teams have been chosen for the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games April 20 at Geneva College. Three local players have been selected.

St. Joseph's John Arcuri will play for the Class A team, Deer Lakes' Tim Jaczesko is on the Class AA roster, and Kittanning's Sterling Henry will suit up for Class AAA.

Class A/City League/District 10 will play Class AA at 6 p.m., with Class AAA versus Class AAAA at 8.

Girls Roundball selections will come out later in the week.

Football recruiting

Plum senior Dylan Kondis committed to Division II Mercyhurst.

Known for a head-turning, 82-yard punt that found its way onto YouTube, Kondis will kick and punt for the Lakers.

Deer Lakes senior Ian Biernacki, a two-year starter at running back, has committed to Division III Waynesburg.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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