It’s clear that Mother Nature was just toying with us.
Throughout the preseason, spring sports athletes who are usually frustrated by the frosty end of winter were treated to unseasonably warm temperatures and a soothing sun. For the first time in what I would like to say forever, they were able to practice outside and really get a jump start on the season.
Lo and behold, the luck has run out. It was downright cold on Tuesday, which just happened to be the opening day of the high school tennis season in the Lackawanna League. I am not a meteorologist, but I peaked ahead and guess what? There is snow in the forecast. Of course.
Well, much like Mark Baum, I fear that everything is against me. I took my first vacation since July and look what I did to the weather. I had big plans to enjoy the early spring, but no. Things took a dramatic turn and the powerful winds blew through. The next thing I knew, it was winter again!
Nevertheless, that didn’t stop our athletes. Tennis season started, albeit in an abbreviated schedule, and quite honestly, this may be the deepest talent we have had in the Lackawanna League in quite some time. Now, we have matches scheduled for Thursday, but as I did in the fall, I will try to maintain an active blog post with my weekly rankings, results, highlights and a look ahead.
So, here is my first installment:
1. Joey Ferretti, Valley View (0-0): The reigning Player of the Year has yet to hit the courts. He is expected to open against Delaware Valley in a match today.
2. Sahas Chandragiri, Abington Heights (1-0): Off to a fast start, the defending District 2 Class AAA champion won in straight sets, which is expected to be a common theme this year.
3. Peter Kazmierczak, Scranton Prep (1-0): He could be the strongest player in the league. When he is on top of his game, his power is tough to counter.
4. Rishi Mulloth, Abington Heights (1-0): A standout since his freshman season, he won his season opener in straight sets.
5. Tarquin McGurrin, Scranton Prep (1-0): A really solid player who surprised some people last season. He is going to be a factor in singles this spring.
Others to watch: David Deutsch (Wallenpaupack); Brandon Ostrowski (Abington Heights);
Abington Heights 5, Montrose 0
Scranton Prep 5, Honesdale 0
Western Wayne 5, West Scranton 0
Wallenpaupack 4, Dunmore 1
Valley View at Delaware Valley (Today)
North Pocono at Mid Valley (Friday)
Riverside at Holy Cross (Friday)
Mid Valley at Montrose
Western Wayne at Wallenpaupack — Could be an interesting early matchup
Honesdale at North Pocono
Abington Heights at West Scranton
Holy Cross at Scranton Prep
Dunmore at Valley View
Delaware Valley at Scranton