Tennis fans, we have an abbreviated post for Week 5, and we do apologize. Sometimes, the news cycle requires immediate attention and that’s exactly what happened Thursday with the announcement that legendary Dunmore head football coach Jack Henzes retired after 52 years. We think you would agree, he deserved our full attention.

That nothwithstanding, we were up at the crack of dawn catching up on some tennis paper work, and lo and behold we find that the regular season is nearly complete. That being said, the individual player records are updated to the best of my ability and we admit they are not complete. We had some spotty reporting of scores this season, and the weather forced some postponements and then results were not reported. If there are corrections or errors in YOUR team’s individual records please alert the sports department at sports@timesshamrock.com. We would like to run every player’s updated and accurate singles records in next week’s post.

Let’s get to it:

 

CONGRATULATIONS, Abington Heights.

 

The Comets moved their season record to 13-0 with a win Thursday and clinched a tie for the Lackawanna League championship. They can make it totally official Monday when they host West Scranton. Now, what’s even more impressive is that Abington Heights has been without star No. 1 singles player Rory Harris, who is injured. We are wishing him a quick recovery and hope to see him competing in the postseason at 100 percent.

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SINCE 2010

 

YEAR

Division I

Division II

2010
Abington Heights (10-0)
Scranton Prep   (8-0)
2011
Abington Heights (12-0)
Scranton Prep (11-0)
2012
Abington Heights (12-0)
Scranton Prep (11-0)
2013
Abington Heights (14-0)
2014
Abington Heights (14-0)
2015
Abington Heights (14-0)
2016
Abington Heights (14-0)
2017
Abington Heights (14-0)
2018
Delaware Valley (13-1)*
2019
Abington Heights (13-0)**
 

 

 


 

 

MATCH OF THE WEEK

 

Scranton’s Harsh Patel hits a return to Valley View’s Ryan Carrotto on Monday during their No. 2 singles match.
JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

 

SCRANTON EDGES VALLEY VIEW

 

SCRANTON — In a match where the momentum kept swinging, Scranton’s doubles team of Maulin Patel-Sneh Desai came through when it mattered for a hard-fought victory.
Urged on by teammates, who had gathered outside the chain link fence at the Scranton High School tennis courts, the No. 2 team earned a 6-4, 6-4 win over Valley View’s Bradley Good-Tony Ferraro to clinch a 3-2 overall victory for the Knights on Monday afternoon in a Lackawanna League battle of top teams.
“I knew it would be hard, but we had a lot of support,” said Sneh Desai, who served out the final four points for the Knights. “I was able to get some serves in.
“I was a little nervous, but I was able to get my serves in at the end.”

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 


 

 

REMEMBER

 

 

  • DISTRICT 2 TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP AT KIRBY PARK

Wednesday, May 2nd @ Higher Seed (First Round)
Tuesday, May 7th (Semifinals and Finals)
.
AAA Semifinals at 11:30 a.m.; AA Semifinals at 1 p.m. Finals to follow.

NOTE: First Round of the PIAA State Team Championships is Tuesday, May 14th

 

 

CLASS 2A

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

 

CLASS 3A

 

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

 

 


 

 

 

2019 SEASON

 

 

Valley Views Carlo Possanza.
JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

TOP TEAMS

 

 

The outcomes of last week certainly had an impact on this week’s polls. First, Scranton, which started the week at No. 3, defeated Valley View, which had been at No. 2. Then, Holy Cross, which fell out of the poll, defeated Scranton. That set in motion a unique situation, because earlier in the year, Valley View and Delaware Valley, which held down the No. 5 spot, bith defeated Holy Cross.

So, what does the committe decide?

 

 

WEEK 5 POLL

 

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

1

Abington Heights COMETS

13–0

2t

Valley View COUGARS

11–2

2t

Scranton KNIGHTS

10–2

4

Scranton Prep CAVALIERS

9–3

5t

Delaware Valley WARRIORS

8–4

5t

Holy Cross CRUSADERS

10–3

 

 

 

 

TEAMS TO WATCH: Dunmore (8-5), Honesdale (7-6).

SEASON RESULTS

 

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Dunmore’s Seth Reyes.
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

TOP PLAYERS

 

The injury to Rory Harris has impacted this week’s rankings. At 100 percent, he certainly would be ranked among the top five players in the Lackawanna League. But in fairness, Harrison Oven of Scranton Prep enters at No. 5 after posting his 10th win of the season last tweek.

 

 

Rank

Player

Record

1

Tomas REESE

DELAWARE VALLEY

12–0

2

Lenny MAIOCCO

WESTERN WAYNE

9–1

3

Logan GREGORY

HOLY CROSS

10–2

4

Carlo POSSANZA

VALLEY VIEW

10–3

5

Harrison OVEN

SCRANTON PREP

10–2

 

 

 

Players to watch: Rory Harris (Abington Heights); Harsh Patel (Scranton); Joey Lennon (Holy Cross); Varun Iyengar (Abington Heights); Sam Weis (Abington Heights); Kevin Duffy (Valley View).

 

 

SEASON RECORDS

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

STANDINGS

 

 

W

L

x-Abington Heights

13

0

Valley View

11

2

Scranton

10

2

Holy Cross

10

3

Scranton Prep

9

3

Delaware Valley

8

4

Dunmore

8

5

Honesdale

7

6

West Scranton

6

7

Wallenpaupack

5

8

North Pocono

4

10

Mid Valley

3

10

Western Wayne

2

10

Montrose

0

13

Riverside

0

13

 

 

 


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

 

TODAY

Western Wayne at Scranton (weather permitting)

 

MONDAY

Western Wayne at Wallenpaupack
West Scranton at Abington Heights
Scranton Prep at Valley View
Mid Valley at Holy Cross
Delaware Valley at Honesdale
Scranton at Dunmore
Riverside at Montrose

 

TUESDAY

Delaware Valley at Scranton Prep