Boys varsity tennis team is making great strides under Coach Keith Andrews
One year ago, Honesdale’s boys varsity tennis team closed out a lackluster season with an overall record of 4-10.
On Monday night, however, the Hornets demonstrated just how far they’ve progressed in the past 12 months.
Although Coach Keith Andrews’ lads suffered a 4-1 loss to Delaware Valley, they finished up the 2019 campaign with a total of 10 wins and a Lackawanna League mark of 7-7.
As a result, the Red & Black have earned their first invitation to the District Two tournament since in more than a decade.
“I’m proud of this team,” Coach Andrews said just minutes before Monday’s regular season finale. “This is a great group of kids. They work hard, they hustle and they’ve developed a great sense of camaraderie.”
A big crowd gathered to cheer on the Hornets in their Senior Night contest with the Warriors.
Before the match began, Honesdale’s lone graduate Elijah Hanson was honored for his dedication to the team.
“This was Elijah’s first year playing organized tennis and I was happy to have him on the team,” Coach Andrews said. “It’s a shame he didn’t start sooner, because he has real talent for the sport.”
Hanson saw varsity action on several occasions at second doubles and acquitted himself well.
“Elijah did a nice job,” Coach Andrews said. “He’s a great young man and I know he’s going to be a success at whatever he does in the future.”
Elijah is the son of Scott & Danielle Hanson. He also played three years of soccer and served two years in the Student Council.
Elijah’s future plans include an apprenticeship and eventually becoming a journeyman electrician.
On the Court
Unfortunately for the home fans, Delaware Valley was just a little to deep for this young Honesdale team.
The Warriors got off to a strong start when Thomas Reese posted a straight set victory over Jason Demers at first singles. The final score was 6-1, 6-1.
The Hornets captured their lone point of the match at second singles when Ethan Rickard powered his way to a straight set win of his own (7-5, 7-5).
Noah Theobald put up a gallant effort at third singles. The talented frosh shrugged off flu-like symptoms and took the court for his match. Sadly, he fell to Matt Lombardo by a final of 6-2, 6-1.
The Warriors clinched their team triumph with a hard-fought win in first doubles. Tim Lloyd and Ryan Mrozinski defeated the Hornet duo of Adam Blake and Brady Hanson (6-4, 6-4).
The match ended when DV’s Pat Meniot and Scott Sussman notched a 6-4, 7-6 decision over Honesdale’s George Legg and Gibbs Goodenough.
Abington Heights finished up the season all alone atop the Lackawanna League standings with a perfect 14-0 record.
Valley View (12-2) locked down runner-up status with an impressive 5-0 Monday night win over Prep.
Scranton High School wound up tied for third with Holy Cross at 11-3, while DV wound up fifth (9-4).
Honesdale ended up in eighth place with a respectable 7-7 mark (10-9 overall).
“I’m very pleased with how much we’ve improved this year,” Coach Andrews said. “I challenged the kids to keep working hard even in the off-season so that next year we can take that next step and start challenging for a league and maybe even a district title.”
Weather permitting, the D2 tournament gets underway on Wednesday, followed by quarterfinal action Thursday.
The Red & Black will take on Dunmore in the first round of this year's Class AA bracket. The Bucks are eighth in the current power rankings with an overall record of 8-6.
District semifinals and championship matches are slated for Tuesday, May 7 at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre.