Capsule outlook of the area’s high school tennis teams
High school TENNIS outlook
Coach: Rick Skarinka (4th year)
Last year: 8-6, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Raventh Damerla, sr.; Jack Bryck, jr.; Brendon Bryck, sr.; Logan Sigua, jr.; Nick Vermette, sr.; Thomas MacMullin, so.
Top newcomers: Danny Bryck, fr.; Sam Marshall, fr.; Garret Cahill, fr.
Outlook: With all of the last season’s top six starters returning, the goal for the Green Giants is to go deep in the playoffs, especially after narrowly missing the playoffs last year.
Teams to beat: “Hanover is always very strong and sets the bar very high,” Coach Skarinka said.
Coach: Sam Struthers (13th year)
Last year: 6-8, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Alex Wimsatt, sr.; Connor Bell, sr.; Garrett Kunz, jr.; Jeremy Fenerty, jr.; Brian Gordon, so.; Jared Carlson, so.; Jared Neal, so.
Top newcomer: Luke Clinch, sr.; Liam Corliss, jr.; Josh Conrad, jr.; Tom Mellor, so.; Hunter Olofson, fr.; Nathan Griffiths, fr.; Gareth Owen, fr.
Outlook: The Bears will try to crack the playoff field in Division II by relying on what is a strong advantage in experience. Seven starters are back, and the top of the ladder is competitive and up for grabs (which, as Coach Struthers said, “in tennis is a good thing.”).
Teams to beat: Portsmouth, Hanover
Coach: Greg Van Ewyk (2nd year)
Last year: 7-7, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Andrew Goulet, sr.; Sam Yeaton, sr.
Top newcomers: Rupesh Garung, fr.; Cole Sporcic, fr.
Outlook: The Spartans return only two starters, but one of them is Goulet, Pembroke’s No. 1 singles player for the past two seasons. Goulet and fellow senior Yeaton will be supported by a promising freshman class. Junior Ryan Weiss also is likely to make the jump to a starting role after playing exhibition matches last year.
Coach: Drew Groves (7th year)
Last year: 14-2, Division III runner-up
Returning starters: Zach Zbehlik, sr.; Tim Bradley, sr.; Ben Maurer, sr.; Nate Louf, sr.
Top newcomer S: Several athletes have a chance at making the top six.
Outlook: A senior-laden squad (15 of the 24 members are seniors) and the return of four top players means the Falcons are poised to return to the finals, but this year hope to come away with the trophy. But Bow isn’t about to overlook anybody. “There are lots of strong teams to contend with,” according to Coach Groves.
Teams to beat: Gilford, Profile, Pelham, Kingswood, Berlin
Coach: Lee Herrington (1st year)
Last year: 13-3, lost in semifinals
Returning starters: Shelby Herrington, sr.; Katie MacMullin, sr.; Lynn Yoon, jr.; Aliza Gray, jr.
Top newcomer s: Ravalika Damerla, Jenny Zhuang, Elisabetta Caldesi, sr.
Outlook: The Green Giants return four starters from last year’s team that made a run to the final four. With the arrival of some new talent, Brady hopes to remain competitive in a strong division.
Teams to beat: Portsmouth, Hanover, St. Thomas
Coach: Mark Struthers (7th year)
Last year: 8-7, lost in quarterfinals
Returning starters: Hailey Serino, sr.; Emily Blad, sr.; Bianca Ketenci, jr.; Sophie Wensberg, sr.
Top newcomer s: The Bears have a strong sophomore class.
Outlook: The Bears will be challenged this year after losing four starters to graduation. Last season’s Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles players will be moving into the top three spots and will have to hold their ground. They will be supported by several sophomore players who have minimal playing experience, but Coach Struthers will see who emerges after a few more weeks of tennis.
Teams to beat: St. Thomas, Hanover, Bishop Brady
Coach: Jonsey Rainville (2nd year)
Last year: 16-0, Division III champion
Returning starter: Laura Zbehlik, so.
Top newcomer s: Danielle Gould, sr.; Kristen Duval; Claire Mulvaney, fr.; Nandita Kasireddy, fr.
Outlook: Not only did the Falcons lose five of their top six from last year’s title team, including state singles champion Sunday Swett, but they graduated a total of 10 seniors. Zbehlik had plenty of success at No. 4 last year as a freshman, but Bow will have a lot of work to do to reach a fourth-straight D-III final. “We are definitely in a rebuilding mode,” Rainville said.
Teams to beat: Gilford, Pelham, Conant, Monadnock
Coach: Laura Joslin-King (2nd year)
Last year: 1-13, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Haley Andersson, jr.; Andrea Cutts, so.; Sabrina Duquette, sr.; Renee Hall, jr.; Emily Irick, sr.; Kathleen Kowalski, sr.; Latesha Nelson, so.; Gillian Shannon, so.
Top newcomer s: Maddie Cook, fr.; Elise Paquette, fr.; Kaitlyn Penrose, fr.; Lydia Schoonmaker, fr.
Outlook: Returning eight players with varsity experience should help the Cougars improve on last year’s win total. And having 21 girls in the program should help them into the future. “We expect to work hard, compete well, learn from each match played and demonstrate sportsmanship throughout this season,” Joslin-King said.