Experience hikes Connellsville's tennis prospects
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Connellsville boys tennis team has struggled to find much success in recent seasons, but there is optimism surrounding the Falcons as they prepare for the 2013 season.
Coach William Ricks has eight returning lettermen from last year's team and is hopeful that positive steps will be made as the program tries to climb back toward contender status in Section 1-AAA.
“I'm hoping that we can be .500 and we want to be better than what we were last year,” Ricks said. “It's up to them.”
In 2012, the Falcons managed just two section wins. Plus, Connellsville has lost No. 1 singles player Jeff Medvec to graduation. However, experience could be a key asset.
“I'll spend time with the freshmen and sophomores because our older guys are able to take care of themselves,” Ricks said.
Seniors James Manges, Eric Trump and Timothy Zeigler, juniors Lawrence Becker, Tristan Kozel, Tyler McFadden and Jaycob Miller, and sophomore Orville Strauser are returning lettermen.
After playing No. 2 singles last year, Manges is expected to move into the No. 1 spot.
“He has decent strokes and I can talk to him and help him set the pace,” Ricks said of Manges.
Manges said the team is definitely ready to work to get the program headed in the right direction.
“We're striving for a winning season,” Manges said. “We'll do whatever we can (to get it). I'm very excited about this season. I think the team will be pretty good now that we know what we are doing.”
Joining Manges in the starting lineup likely will be Trump at No. 2 singles. Either Kozel or McFadden will round out the singles roster. McFadden, Kozel, Becker, Miller, Zeigler and Strauser likely will form the doubles combinations, along with freshman Ethan McIntosh.
Ricks acknowledged he will do everything he can to help his athletes improve this season. However, he also pointed out that ultimately, the job of getting better falls on the player.
“I hope they keep their season together and do what they have to do,” Ricks said. “They have to play relaxed and do what they are supposed to do. It has to come out of the player.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Prospect Taillon to undergo season-ending hernia surgery
- City police investigate death in Squirrel Hill
- Fun-seekers won’t let a Pittsburgh regatta without races get them down
- Will we get Stephen Colbert or ‘Stephen Colbert’?
- MLB notebook: Yankees to donate $150K to charity for A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball
- Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 4, 2015
- Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts
- Shark Week feeds our obsession with these ocean predators
- Point Park documentarians try to debunk shark myths
- Local performers draw on travel experiences