Barons claim three golds at L-L Tourney

By on May 3, 2017
Manheim Central’s Trey Bury, shown chasing down a ball on the base line, teamed up with Jared Groff to claim the L-L League’s Flight Three doubles championship on Tuesday.

Manheim Central’s Trey Bury, shown chasing down a ball on the base line, teamed up with Jared Groff to claim the L-L League’s Flight Three doubles championship on Tuesday.

Top to bottom, the players on Manheim Central boys tennis team have one thing in common.

They just love to compete.

“I mean, it doesn’t really matter the circumstances — they’re going to go try to find a way,” Baron coach Ryan Jeckel remarked.

That’s exactly what the Barons did on Tuesday in the finals of the L-L Singles and Doubles Tennis Tournament at wind-blown at Conestoga Valley.

Senior Kyle Peters took the Flight Three crown by default over Manheim Township’s Carson Schreiber, junior Trent Martin topped Cocalico’s Ben Hinkley 6-1, 6-0 for the Flight Four crown, and the Trey Bury/Jared Groff team knocked off Cocalico’s Danny Engle and Jared Gluck 8-5 in an eight-game pro set for the Flight Three doubles title.

“It’s awesome to see the medals around the guys’ necks and the pride that they have with competing like that,” Jeckel said. “To do it for each other and themselves and the school, and watching them cheer each other on, it’s just cool. It’s still very much a team thing for us, even though it is the individual side of it. It means a lot to see them go compete that hard for all of it.”

Bury also won the Flight Three doubles crown last year while teaming up with Martin. Seeded No. 1, he and Groff jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then put it away.

“(Trey) got a chance to defend his doubles title, so that was cool,” Jeckel said. “They played really well. They got themselves a solid lead, and the wind was blustery and blowing and they did a good job of fending (Engle and Gluck) off toward the end of it and they just kept battling. The tale of the tape was we were just more aggressive.”

Last Thursday, Bury and Groff teamed up for an 8-2 win over Garden Spot’s Andrew Bowman and Staneck, and then on Saturday in the semi-finals, they advanced with an 8-0 shutout of L-S.

Top-seeded Peters, prior to winning by default on Tuesday, knocked off Lancaster Mennonite’s Max Brubaker in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals last Saturday at CV. In his first two matches, Peters held serve by easily taking care of Donegal’s Jarrett Herr 6-0, 6-2 in the opening-round and then following up with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Conestoga Valley’s Nathan May in the quarterfinals.

Turning to the Flight Four championship match, Martin actually trailed Hinkley 1-0 in the first set, but then was perfect the rest of the way, closing out the 6-1, 6-0 victory.

“(Trent) looked great,” Jeckel said. “I think that first game, he was a little bit tentative in the wind, and then after that, he just went on a tear. He found his range in the wind and just did what Trent does. He kept finding a way over and over and over again … I think the strength of his game is the fact that he just doesn’t want to lose a single point.”

Martin reached the finals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lampeter-Strasburg’s Evan King in the Final Four.

Earlier, he cruised 6-4, 6-0 in the first round against Pequea Valley’s Hunter Winey, then didn’t miss a beat while knocking off ELCO’s Adam Omar 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

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Peters and Martin were two of three local players in the semi-finals at Conestoga Valley High School. Warwick’s Cam Moody competed went up against Cocalico’s No. 2-seeded Colby Martin in the Flight Two Final Four and suffered a 6-0, 6-1 setback.

In the earlier rounds, Moody won his first two matches in Flight Two last Thursday during action at Manheim Central, besting McCaskey’s Tyler Coder 6-1, 6-4 in the first round, then upsetting Conestoga Valley’s No. 3-seeded Daniel Scala 7-5, 6-3 in the quarters.

Warwick’s Garrett Nissley competed in Flight Three and took McCaskey’s William Fenimore to a tiebreaker before dropping a 7-6 (2) loss.

In other action, Manheim Central’s 8th-seeded Andrew Bookman had his hands full in the Flight One Triple-A quarterfinals against Cedar Crest’s top-seeded Jackson Muraika and fell 6-1, 6-1.

The Barons’ No. 4-seeded Galen Fitzkee also came up a little bit short in the Flight One quarters, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 setback to Hempfield’s fifth-ranked Jake Curtin.

In the first-round, Bookman advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lampeter-Strasburg’s Evan Winters, while Fitzkee moved on with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Ephrata’s Ryan McKim.

Warwick’s Nate Deimler also competed in Flight One Triple-A and suffered a 6-0, 6-0 opening-round loss to Cocalico’s Jarod Snader.

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In other doubles action, Fitzkee and Bookman competed in Flight One Triple-A, pulling out a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Cocalico’s Ben and Colin Hinkley in the first-round, but then earning a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Hempfield to advance to the semi-finals. There, however, they fell 6-3, 6-2 to the Black Knights’ Hessinger and Curtin

.Peters and Martin were also on the winning side in a Flight One first-round doubles match, taking down Lebanon’s Luke Foster/Alex Mease team, 6-0, 6-1. Their run ended, though, with a 6-3, 6-2 setback to Hessinger and Curtin.

Warwick’s Deimler and Moody gave Hempfield’s 6th-seeded Deck/Cooke team a challenge, but in a marathon, they suffered a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 11-3 loss.

In Flight Two doubles, Warwick’s Nissley and Jon Martin came away with an 8-3 first-round victory over Garden Spot’s Nathan Nguyen and McCormick, 8-3, but then dropped an 8-3 loss to ELCO’s Smith and Omar.

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