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March 29, 2013

Boys tennis capsules

Newburyport

Coach: Courtney Gilman (2nd season)

Last year’s record: 4-10

Key returning players: Chris Kirkpatrick, Jr., Dan Orencole, Sr., Henry Jacqz, Sr.

Newcomers: Jacob Alvarez de Toledo Schlanger, So., Sebastian Basson, So., Chris Clarke, Sr., Brendan Crowther, Jr., Grady Flinn, Jr., James Kipp, So., Jake Shactman, So.

Strengths: Team unity and focus.

Concerns: Injuries.

Coach’s outlook: “Looking forward to a good season, good sportsmanship, and good health for all.”

First match: April 8 vs. Amesbury

Pentucket

Coach: Christian Langlois (6th year)

Last year’s record: 12-4

Key returning players: Chris Gilman, Sr., Danny Ryan, Sr., Jack Donahue, So.

Newcomers: Deven McKeel, Sr., Nolan Bridgewater, Jr., Adam Chory, Jr., Will Kopaciewicz, Jr., Logan Sherwood, Jr.

Strengths: Aggressiveness, effort in practice, desire to improve, willingness to learn, support of teammates.

Concerns: Inexperience.

Coach’s outlook: “The boys have improved a lot since last year. After only a week of practice, we’ve made significant strides on where we were coming in. I expect that everyone will improve tremendously throughout the season and that we should challenge for the CAL Division 1 title.”

First match: April 8 vs. Masconomet

Triton

Coach: Rich Dube (1st year)

Last year’s record: 2-14

Key returning players: Matthew Faulkner, Sr., Henryk Jankowski, Sr., John DiDonato, Jr., Nicholas Marcolini, Jr., Devon Shuman, Jr., Andrew McGrath, So., Travis Mihalchik, So.

Newcomers: Jonathan Kovach, Jr., Mark Landry, Jr., John Taylor, Fr., Cameron Weston, So.

Strengths: Work ethic, experience.

Concerns: Depth, ability to finish.

Coach’s outlook: “The team is working hard and will improve during the season. We will compete in every match.”

First match: April 4 vs. Haverhill

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