Ellen O'Hora is back for her second coaching stint at Western Wayne. She's inherited a young, inexperienced team...but, one chock full of potential and enthusiasm.


Ellen O’Hora is a familiar face on the Lackawanna League girls tennis scene.

A certified instructor who boasts years of experience working with high school players, Ellen has coached at both Scranton Prep and Western Wayne.

In the wake of Terry Love-lace’s tragic and untimely passing, Ellen is back in Varden for her second stint with the Lady ‘Cats.

“The good news is that we have 15 girls on our roster,” Coach O’Hora said. “The bad news is most of them are very young and very inexperienced.”

Western Wayne is fully embracing its “re-building”?status with an eye toward improving the team now and looking to the future. As a result, the Lady ‘Cats are struggling a bit in the  traditionally strong Lackawanna League this fall.

To date, Coach O’Hora’s girls are 0-4 with losses to Scranton Prep, Valley View, Mid Valley and Montrose.

Next up for the local lasses is an encounter with a surprising Riverside squad this afternoon.

The Foundation
Freshman Leanna O’Hora holds down the #1 singles spot for Western Wayne.

A versatile athlete who also competes in track and cross country, O’Hora sports a solid 2-2 record thus far this fall.

“I?think Leanna’s greatest strengths are tenacity and perseverance,” Coach O’Hora said. “She never gives up on a point.”

Emily Funk and Sarah Gardner round out the Lady ‘Cats singles trio.

Funk is a junior who her coach characterizes as a “very hard worker.” Gardner is only a frosh, but is already showing signs of great things to come.

“Sarah has all the strokes down,”?Coach O’Hora said. “Now, it’s a matter of getting her some experience and building confidence.”

Western Wayne’s doubles teams consist of: Erica Sullivan (Fr) and Olivia Funk (Soph), Molly Bayly (Fr)?and Kellyn Kemmerer (Fr).

“I’m very optimistic about the future,”?Coach O’Hora said. “They’re all great kids. My core group is still very young, but very dedicated to the sport.”