Area teams reach midpoint

By From page A8 | April 02, 2014

UM #1, Michelle Doyle.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

UNION MINE'S Michelle Doyle. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

The spring boys and coed tennis teams, dancing around rain storms, are nearing completion of the first go-around in league play or in some cases opening the second round.

Two area teams, Oak Ridge and Union Mine, had good starts before absorbing losses. In head to head matchups, the D’backs edged El Dorado 5-4 while the Trojans blanked Ponderosa 9-0. The rematches, weather permitting, are scheduled for tomorrow.

Delta River League

Oak Ridge
The Trojans opened league with two wins before a 4-5 setback to Jesuit at Broadstone Racquet Club. The Marauders could be the team to beat in the DRL; Oak Ridge gets them again April 10 at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.

At the top of the Oak Ridge ladder is Charlie Conarro at No. 1 singles followed by Matt Fergerson, Simon Chan, Clarence Lai, Matthew Lai and Sam Miller. Conarro, Fergerson, Chan and Matthew Lai return as singles players.

The team is coached by Pat Ryan and Patrick Rutz.

The Bruins graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad and look forward to the move next year to the Capital Valley Conference and Division II.

Bruin coach Don Eddy said that the 2014 season will be a rebuilding year for Ponderosa with nine new players on the roster of 16 total. The Moore brothers hold down the top two spots: Trip returns at No. 1 and Quaid is No. 2.

“We are just two inexperienced. Our No. 2 through 7 are good players but not good enough to compete successfully against most teams in our league,” Eddy said. “Next year we should do well in D-II.”

The Bruins did lead Sheldon recently before a downpour halted play. The match will resume April 10 prior to the regularly scheduled match against the Huskies at Ponderosa High.

Sierra Valley Conference

Union Mine
The D’back program had 11 boys and 15 girls turn out this spring. Overall, 13 are returning for Union Mine coach Chris Schnaidt including starters Spencer McClain, Jason Lee, Sam Murphy and Johnny D’Agostini on the boy’s side and Michelle Doyle and Madiy Wiltshire for the girls.

McClain anchors the boys and hopes to improve on last year’s third place finish in the SVC Tournament. Doyle and Wiltshire are at the top of the girls ladder.

“The girl’s side had to grow up fast with only two returning starters while the boys roster is our deepest and most talented since the 2011 section playoff team,” Schnaidt said.

The D’backs won their first three before running into Vista and Cosumnes Oaks which both defeated Union Mine 9-0. The team bounced back against Galt with an 8-1 victory.

El Dorado
The Cougars feature Ian Gollihur, Daphne Green, Chris Bodle and Ada Mittelstadt at the top of their ladder.

El Dorado, coached by Mike Dinublio, were mid-match with Galt earlier in the season when play was terminated after a single cloud let loose over Canal Street.

Against Union Mine, Green and Bodle picked up wins as did both No. 1 doubles teams (Abbie Bringolf-Haley Warneke, Dane Neves-Nolan Stark).

Sierra Delta League

Golden Sierra
The Grizzlies’ roster size of 18 includes four seniors. Coach Judy Toth has to contend with four players who play another spring sport and two others that participate in Teen Court.

Among those to watch are first-year player Deo Avalos and the chemistry of doubles team Casey Blakley and Daniel Lesher.

Jerry Heinzer

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