Sarah Sposito is primed for the fall campaign
Believe it or not, in just a few short days, the fall practice season for North Pocono athletes will commence.
While most teams get a few weeks to get prepped for league play, the Lady Trojan tennis team will get down to business on August 21 following a week of training and an August 18 scrimmage versus Holy Redeemer.
There will be some changes in the North Pocono line-up, most notably senior Sarah Sposito making the jump to first singles after several seasons playing in the two-spot.
Sposito is one of the fiercest competitors North Pocono has ever put on the court.
As skilled as she is scrappy, Sarah has fought back against injuries to help push her team to winning records year after year.
Over her career she’s accumulated a nice set of hardware from the District Two tournaments.
In her collection, two bronze medals for doubles play, a silver from the team tournament, and one gold, earned last fall when she paired with former first-singles player, Sarah Tofilksa to win the title.
“Winning the gold against Hazleton last year was definitely the highlight of my career so far,” said Spositio.
“I am a little nervous. I’ve been moving up since freshman year but I’m also excited to be playing first singles this season.”
On the Go
Although tennis is Sarah’s only sport, she stays busy both on and off the court with other activities.
She has assisted coaching youth tennis in the North Pocono community and is involved with a slew of clubs and student organizations.
She won a national scholastic writing award as a seventh grader and has continuously maintained high honor roll status throughout high school.
Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Mini-Thon, SADD, chorus, show choir, drama club, and journalism club.
Additionally, she’s been named to the Lackawanna League Tennis All-Stars and has been featured on a segment of “Girl Power” produced by WNEP/WVIA.
“Tennis is my favorite thing, but singing is a close second,” she admitted, “I also enjoy the drama club and had a lot of fun with Mini-Thon last year. It was our first year for Mini-Thon and it had a lot of support from the students and community, so we are looking forward to making it bigger this year.”
It should come as no surprise that Sarah draws inspiration from an athlete, Serena Williams, as well as an entertainer, Jimmy Fallon, given her passion for both tennis and performing.
Similarly, she’s still split on career paths. On one hand she is attracted to occupational therapy, on the other, scriptwriting. Her continuing on with tennis at the collegiate level…that’s up in the air too.
“I would absolutely love to play tennis in college, but I wouldn’t want it to be my main focus,” Sarah said. “It depends on the situation.”
Sposito’s bump up to first singles isn’t the only big change for the Lady Trojans.
Taking the helm this fall after a few seasons of coaching hiatus, former Trojans soccer skipper, Hosiah “Dave” Davis will be the team’s new coach. Davis’ big challenge, build on the 12-2 record North Pocono posted last year in Lackawanna League AAA play.
Tennis season goes by like a zephyr.
The girls open at home on 8/21 against Scranton Prep, then hit the road for an 8/23 bout at Holy Cross followed by a visit to West Scranton on 8/27.
They are back on their own courts to face Mid-Valley on 8/28 and then depart for Montrose on 8/30. They trek to Scranton on 9/4 then are home versus Delaware Valley on 9/16.
Following a voyage to Wallenpaupack on 9/10, they are home for three straight matches: Valley View on 9/11; Riverside on 9/13; and Western Wayne on 9/17.
They board the bus for Dunmore on 9/19, celebrate their seniors at home against Honesdale on 9/24, and wrap things up away at Abington Heights on 9/24.
All league matches are slated for a 4 p.m. start except the match versus Valley View, which will take place at 6 p.m.
Times, dates, and venues are always subject to change.