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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Buckhorn Boys Making a Late-Season Playoff Push

  • Wallenpaupack Area's boys varsity tennis team is led by a battle-tested group of seniors
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  • Early week competitions for the Wallenpaupack Area boys tennis team proved fruitful as the Purple & White rolled into Dunmore on Monday, bringing home a 4-1 victory.
    Threatening weather forced Tuesday’s scheduled home match versus North Pocono to relocate indoor to the Cove Haven courts.
    In a heated series of battles, the Buckhorns secured a 3-2 win over the Trojans and took their record to 7-3 for the season.
    As in years past, Abington Heights and Scranton Prep are once again the “cream of the crop” in Lackawanna League boys tennis action.
    The Comets are all alone atop Class AAA with a perfect 11-0 record. The Cavaliers hold down the top spot in Class AA at 10-1
    Paupack trails Abington and Delaware Valley in the overall AAA standings.
    Next up for the Bucks is a pair of home matches.
    Coach Jim Ball's lads host Holy Cross on Monday, then welcome DV to town Tuesday. Both matches are slated for a 4 p.m. start on the shores of The Big Lake.
    Dunmore Duel
    Paupack’s Reed Evans faced Tom Occhipinti in the #1 Singles match and easily dispatched Dunmore ace in two sets, winning 6-3 and 6-1.
    While Dunmore bounced back and took the #2 singles match, David Deutsch came from behind after dropping his first set against Taylor Lewis, 4-6, to win the series with two great sets, 6-1 and 6-2.
    Buckhorn doubles teams fared well, too.
    The Liam Cunningham/ Myles Arenson duo won their #1 Doubles match 6-1 and 6-0.
    The #2 doubles pair of Spencer Cichinsky and Tom Sarro struggled through their first set, eventually winning 6-4, but wrapped things up nicely in the final set taking the match with a 6-2 win.
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    Things didn’t go as smoothly against North Pocono.
    Zac Lehman put up a good fight against Evans in the #1 singles match succumbing to the top-ranked Buckhorn after 6-4 and 6-3 losses.
    Paupack’s Billy Reese took the #2 singles game, defeating Mark Burnett 6-3 and 6-3.
    Deutsch, unfortunately couldn’t repeat the previous days’ performance and fell to Levi Burner in three sets.
    The Trojans’ #1 doubles fought hard to claim a 7-5 and 6-2 win. However, the Buckhorns’ #2 doubles team of Cichinsky and Donald Berry won 6-3 and 6-3 helping to propel Paupack to a 3-2 overall win.
    Senior Effort
    Billy Reese and Liam Cunningham have been putting up good wins starting at the #2 singles and #1 doubles, respectively.
    Adam Haig and Codee Brown have been making frequent contributions for the Buckhorns as well.
    As juniors, Reese and Cunningham were often paired together for doubles games and did well throughout last season.
    This year, Reese has shored up the leadership among the singles players while Cunningham has proved vital with keeping the doubles squads rolling right along.
    With many younger players dotting the Paupack roster, Haig and Brown provide inspiration for underclassmen, helping them lay down a good foundation for future years.
    Strong foundations and good play are hallmarks of Coach Ball’s program and with players such as these it looks like Paupack is on the right track to yet another winning season on the courts.

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