Bow title was a long time coming

Published: 6/27/2018 2:02:07 PM

Drew Groves and his Bow boys’ tennis team had come close in the past. From 2011-2014, the Falcons reached four straight Division III finals but lost each time. They were back in the title match last year but fell to Gilford, the fourth time they lost to the Golden Eagles in a championship in the last eight years.

Groves and the Falcons weren’t sure what they had with this year’s team, and after losing to Conant and Profile during the regular season, it didn’t look like this would be the year Bow would finally get over the hump against Gilford or win its first title since 2002.

But Groves rearranged his doubles pairings late in the season and the Falcons beat Gilford, 5-2, in the regular-season finale, snapping the Golden Eagles 97-match winning streak. After that, Bow rolled to three 7-2 playoff wins – against No. 7 Inter-Lakes in the quarterfinals, against No. 3 Conant in the semifinals and against No. 1 Gilford in the finals.

The long-awaited title was extra sweet because it came against the Golden Eagles.

“I can’t say enough about (coach) Terry (Wilson) and his Gilford program,” Groves said. “We’re moving to D-II next year and I’m going to miss that rivalry, and now I can actually say it’s a rivalry because we won.”

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