Wallenpaupack Area's boys tennis season is drawing to a close
Tennis season has been less-than-generous to the Buckhorn varsity squad this spring.
Hopes of gaining some ground in the latter part of the schedule have largely been dashed.
The relatively young Wallenpaupack Area squad has been beset by a series of setbacks that left them last in the Lackawanna League AAA Division with a 3-9 mark entering the week.
Following the 3-2 loss to Delaware Valley on April 18, the Buckhorns took another hit when they posted a 4-1 loss to West Scranton on April 20. Some small redemption came four days later at Riverside when the Purple & White secured a 5-0 shutout.
The taste of victory didn’t last long. Unfortunately, on April 26, at home, Paupack was handed a 4-1 defeat by Scranton, and the following afternoon at Montrose, they were trounced 5-0.
Senior night a struggle as well. Making up a game from the end of March against Mid Valley, the Buckhorns suffered another 5-0 loss, pushing them to 3-10 with one match to go.
Unfortunately, the end scores don’t truly reflect how things have been going for the Buckhorns. Often games are going to tiebreakers and matches taking three sets to decide.
“With the exception of possibly Scranton Prep and Abington Heights, we’ve been in all of these matches,” said Head Coach Jim Ball. “It’s a point here and a point there that have made the difference.”
Ball also cited the fact that so many were forced to male large jumps up the ladder this year due to the lack of returning players.
The active nature of the players outside of tennis as well as a jam packed schedule that added to the fatigue of the team members and left little time for practice are also symptoms the coach felt has been preventing the team from notching wins.
Zack Cykosky is a 2-year team veteran and has also been a 4-year member of the soccer team.
He was named an All-region defenseman by the Times-Tribune. He’s a member of the Gold Award winner of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.
He has coached and refereed youth soccer, and volunteered with special needs day camp.
Zack plans to study mathematics and statistics at Arcadia University and will study abroad in London his first semester. He is the son of Mark and Tammy Cykosky.
Steven Coutts is in his fourth season of tennis this spring and has earned four letters. He has also swam for four years and was a co-captain this year lettering and qualifying for districts three times.
He Has been a member of the National Honor Society and has attained the Gold award three times. Steven placed seventh at the state FBLA competition, is in Scholastics, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Pit Band, and was the Marching Band’s Drum Major.
He is the Class of 2017 secretary, has been in the Boy Scouts of America and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and is also a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Steven plans to attend Villanova University with an Air Force ROTC scholarship to major in computer science. He is the son of Richard and Sheri-Ann Coutts.
Tanner Badoud has played tennis for six years beginning with the junior high program. He has been a member of the video club and the technology club.
Tanner is an active winter sports enthusiast and a member of the National Ski Patrol.
The son of Michael and Joan Badoud, Tanner plans to study engineering and physics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Brody Farnsworth has played tennis in 8th and 9th grade, as well as senior year.
Brody has been a four-year member of the marching band, concert band, and symphonic band as well as the emergency responders club.
He has also played in the jazz band and the County band. Brody has been a junior firefighter with Hemlock Farms for four-and-a-half years.
Brody is the son of Brian and Elma Farnsworth.
He plans to attend Quinnipiac University where he will major in biology with future hopes to attend medical school in pursuance of a career as an anesthesiologist.
Over & Out
“I give the seniors a lot of credit for sticking it out,” Ball said.
“A lot of other kids could have just thrown in the towel and said the heck with it. We asked a lot of them. Tanner went from occasionally playing third singles last year to first singles this year and Zach jumped up to second singles from second doubles.
“Steven saw some doubles action last season and Brody came back to the team after not playing for a few years.”
“I wish the seniors good luck,” Ball concluded, “I hope they have success in their future endeavors and that they learned some good lessons from the court that they can take with them.”