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April 2, 2012

Boys tennis capsules

Pentucket

Coach: Christian Langlois (5th season)

Last year's record: 16-1 overall, 16-0 regular season

Key returning players: Pat Dahn, sr., Brandon Conn, sr., Jim Beaton, sr., Chris Adams, sr.

Newcomers: Chris Gilman, jr., Dan Ryan, jr., Jack Donahue, fr.

Strengths: Energy, enthusiasm, team chemistry.

Concerns: Inexperience.

Coach's outlook: "The boys worked hard in the offseason to improve and keep Pentucket tennis at a high level. We're looking forward to our challenging schedule. It's a very good mix of senior leadership and younger players looking to break into the lineup. Everyone helps each other improve during practices."

First game: Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) vs. North Andover

Triton

Coach: Chad Richard (4th season)

Last year's record: 0-16

Key returning players: Brock Germinara, sr., Jon Roy, sr., Matt Faulkner, jr., Dave Spencer, sr., Henryk Jankowski, sr., Jeff Mills, sr.

Newcomers: Travis Mihalchik, fr., Andrew McGrath, fr.

Strengths: Depth.

Concerns: Breaking last year's losing streak.

Coach's outlook: "Work hard, play fair and no excuses."

First game: Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) vs. Lynnfield

Newburyport

Coach: Courtney Gilman (1st season)

Last year's record: 8-6

Key returning players: Chris Kirkpatrick, so., Dylan McCloy, jr., Dan Orencole, jr., Henry Jacqz, jr.

Newcomers: Gage Foley, sr., A.J. MacDougall, sr., Nicholas Zafris, sr., Robert Dunnigan, jr., Chris Clarke, jr., Grady Flinn, so., Chris Cole, so., Ryan Chen, so., Sebastien Basson, fr., Ari Carlat, fr., James Kipp, fr., William Greenwald, fr.

Strengths: Depth.

Concerns: Inexperience.

Coach's outlook: "We will put our best efforts out on the court and in the classroom."

First match: Monday (3:30 p.m.) vs. Pentucket

Amesbury

Coach: Pat Flaherty (5th season)

Last year's record: 3-13

Key returning players: Grant Bellino, jr., Jon Larnard, sr., Danny Logan, so., Sam Springis, so.

Newcomers: Josh Eby, so.

Strengths: The top part of the line-up.

Concerns: Depth and inexperience.

Coach's outlook: "We open up against Manchester Essex who is always tough and have four matches scheduled for that week, so we will need to be ready. We are young so the kids should gain valuable experience once competition begins."

First match: April 9 (3:30 p.m.) at Manchester Essex

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