LEWISBURG — Two of the best boys tennis teams in not only the Heartland-II, but also in District 4 Class 2A took to the court on Thursday as Lewisburg hosted Loyalsock.
And although the Green Dragons are a bit on the young side this season, the hosts, led by juniors Cole Temple and Sawyer Fisher, really put on a show against the Lancers.
Lewisburg got wins from both Temple and Fisher, as well as from both doubles teams, to take a 4-1 victory over Loyalsock at the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park tennis courts.
“The guys played really well,” said Lewisburg coach Sam Harer. “Loyalsock is a really good team, and I’m sure we’ll probably see them down the line in team districts.
“The win definitely builds confidence for the guys, and it gives them some momentum going into our next match (today) against Central Mountain.
Lewisburg (8-1) got rolling on the day following Temple’s 6-0, 6-3 dismantling of Jake Bomboy at No. 2 singles.
“I felt pretty good. I had a lot of fun playing, and it’s great to get the opportunity to just go out there and enjoy playing tennis,” said Temple, who started the year in the No. 1 spot but is now thriving in the No. 2 hole for the Green Dragons.
“I like (playing at No. 2). Obviously, the competition isn’t like (it is at No. 1), but it’s still good,” added Temple.
Close behind that win was a convincing straight-set triumph by Sawyer Fisher at No. 3 singles.
After claiming the first set over Quinn Deitrick by a 6-1 score, Fisher would split the first four games of the second set before reeling off four wins in the next give games to finish with a 6-3 victory.
It was a big turnaround for the junior after Fisher fell to Mifflinburg’s Brandon Linn, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 on Wednesday.
“Sawyer played really well,” said Harer. “He definitely rebounded after (Wednesday’s loss), and he played a lot better.”
And with a 2-0 lead, the honor of clinching the match then went to Lewisburg’s No. 1 doubles team of David Han and Cole Casimir.
Han and Casimir needed to hold off Loyalsock’s team of Ben Wescott and Ty Whitmoyer to pull out a 7-6 (7-3) victory in the first set. However, the second set went much easier for the Green Dragons as they won that one, 6-3.
The No. 2 doubles team of Chen Chen Gu and Josh Nichols later got Lewisburg’s fourth win on the day by beating Alek Hamilton and Trace Haller, 6-1, 6-2.
“The No. 1 doubles match was definitely a tight one, but they didn’t give up though, and they played hard,” said Harer.
The only blemish on the day for Lewisburg came at No. 1 singles, but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort.
Zach Higgins played Connor Rude tough at first singles, but after a 6-4 loss in the opening set Higgins made a strong push in set two.
Higgins got out to a 4-3 lead to get within a couple of games of extending the match to three sets, but Rude answered with a pair of wins to go up 5-4. Higgins would tie the match at 5, but Rude bounced back with two straight wins to close it out with a 7-5 victory for Loyalsock (7-3).
Loyalsock is a solid team. They fight, they’re hard-working and they return the ball consistently,” said Temple. “I just think this win will keep us motivated. Obviously we want to win and competition like this will help us get better every day.”
Lewisburg 4, Loyalsock 1
1. Connor Rude (Loy) def. Zach Higgins, 6-4, 7-5.
2. Cole Temple (Lew) def. Jake Bomboy, 6-0, 6-3.
3. Sawyer Fisher (Lew) def. Quinn Deitrick, 6-1, 6-3.
1. David Han-Cole Casimir (Lew) def. Ben Wescott-Ty Whitmoyer, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
2. Chen Chen Gu-Josh Nichols (Lew) def. Alek Hamilton-Trace Haller, 6-1, 6-2.
MIFFLINBURG — After weeks of trying, the Wildcats finally got their first win of the season following wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, as well as in both doubles.
Declan MacPherson picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Thomas Yackiel at No. 2 singles; and at No. 3 Brandon Linn breazed to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Ellis Aikey for Mifflinburg (1-8).
In doubles, Aaron Hackenburg and Ethan Dreese won 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 1 spot. At No. 2 the team of Braden Dietrich and Gabe Greb took a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 victory over Levi Fritz and Andy Madera.
Even the lone loss for the Wildcats was a hard-fought one as McClenason Wagner fell 7-5, 7-5 to Theo Hintz at No. 1 singles.
Mifflinburg is next in action at Central Columbia at 4 p.m. Monday.
Mifflinburg 4, Bloomsburg 1
1. Theo Hintz (B) def. McClenason Wagner, 7-5, 7-5.
2. Declan MacPherson (M) def. Thomas Yackiel, 6-2, 6-3.
3. Brandon Linn (M) def. Ellis Aikey, 6-2, 6-0.
1. Aaron Hackenburg-Ethan Dreese (M) def. Gavin McBride-Conner Schneck, 6-4, 6-1.
2. Braden Dietrich-Gabe Greb (M) def. Levi Fritz-Andy Madera, 6-4, 7-5.