WEST PITTSTON — Wyoming Area looks to be more competitive with Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis opponents this season by first having more competition at practice.
The Warriors went from not having enough players to play team matches in 2015 to having exactly enough to fill out a lineup with no subs last season.
Wyoming Area returns its entire lineup from last year’s winless team, but having everyone back does not necessarily mean the lineup will remain the same. With five newcomers on the squad, there is competition for positions that could create a new look to the team and should better prepare players for matches.
“I’ve been doing a little marketing and promotion at the school,” Warriors coach Bill Roberts said. “The kids also helped. If they found somebody, they went after them and asked them to come out. They’d bring them out to meet me and we would talk.
“It’s been successful.”
Four experienced seniors could lead the lineup.
Austin Alder, Joey Skrip and Aaron Lewis held the three singles spots last season when Alex Chronowski was one of the two number-one doubles players.
Sophomore Justin Alder was Chronowski’s doubles partner last season.
Senior Noah Cannell and junior Zeb Chisdock also return after forming the second doubles team last season.
Seniors Logan Campbell and Jason Mapes, junior Steven Dymond, sophomore Mike Abromovich and freshman Donovan McCaskill are the new faces on the team.
“I think we’re going to challenge,” Roberts said. “I think they’re playing very well.
“The whole seeding order is not clear yet because we haven’t had a lot of practice.”
Even though the second week of preseason practice was disrupted by the winter storm, the Warriors are expected to open their season this week.
A potential Tuesday opener has been scratched from the schedule because Coughlin dropped out of the conference. That leaves Thursday’s match at Wyoming Valley West as the new opener.
Without home courts, Wyoming Area will play all road matches and conduct practices on Pittston Area’s courts.