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West Brunswick’s tennis team closed out its season Monday falling 9-0 to a traditional powerhouse.
“We played one the strongest teams of the region in New Hanover, and they played up to their capabilities against us,” West coach Bob Bell said. “They are a very polished, well-coached team, and we'll probably see both them and Hoggard in the upcoming 4A playoffs. It is a shame that one of those teams may not get in.
“As for us, we tried to compete, but their kids had an answer for everything we tried. I was proud of the effort not just in this match but in all of the matches this year. These kids are competitors, so I am sure they are going use this year as learning experience for the years to come. It has been a pleasure coaching them.”
Hunt Harris (NH) def. Caleb Hawkins (WB) 6-0, 6-1
David Leder (NH) def. Brian Conness (WB) 6-0, 6-1
Sammy Kohl (NH) def. Brighton Mintz (WB) 6-0,6-0
Spencer Wilson (NH) def. Alex Humbert (WB) 6-0, 6-1
Eric Leder (NH) def. Neil Mintz (WB) 6-1, 6-0
David Cech (NH) def. Derek Leavitt (WB) 6-1, 6-2
Harris/Kohl (NH) def. Hawkins/B. Mintz (WB) 8-1
Leder/Wilson (NH) def. Humbert/N. Mintz (WB) 8-1
Leder/Cech (NH) def. Donohue/Cunningham (WB) 8-0
WEST BRUNSWICK 10
West Brunswick shut out Ashley 10-0 last Tuesday night.
Heather Carter was the winning pitcher.
Amber Rampero went 3-for-3 at the plate and had a home run. Lady Trojans Stacy Jackson, Emily Gore and Kristy Vance each had a double.
WB 130 321 0—10 10 0
A 000 000 0—0 2 0
WEST BRUNSWICK 3
Josh Powell homered to lead West Brunswick to a 3-2 win over Ashley Tuesday night.
Pat Kamfolt, Wally Kamfolt and Logan Tripp each had a double for the Trojans.
Jay Gause was the winning pitcher.
WB 000 102 0—3 5 0
A 100 010 0—2 4 3
WHITE OAK 2
WEST BRUNSWICK 1
White Oak broke open a scoreless tie 50 minutes into the 80-minute match and went on to win 2-0 against West Brunswick Friday.
White Oak scored its second goal 60 minutes into the game.
“Our goalkeeper Ariel Gravino had another outstanding game, finishing with 22 saves and a round of applause from her teammates and coaches,” West coach Laura Libero said.
“It was a very long week for the girls as they traveled to Laney High School on Monday and Tuesday, due to inclement weather, and also faced Jacksonville on Wednesday. The games were very competitive, and we knew going into Friday’s game that the girls were really going to have to dig deep, and they certainly did.”
Playing four matches in five days did not negatively affect the Lady Trojans but rather inspired them.
“I have never seen this group of girls come together as well as they did on Friday afternoon,” Libero said. “I had already seen such amazing things happen at the games on Tuesday and Wednesday, but this really topped it off. The girls were not individuals Friday; they were finally a team, and it really made an impact on the game. I am so proud of how far this team has come, and I cannot wait to see what they will accomplish next.”
NEW HANOVER 3
WEST BRUNSWICK 1
West Brunswick had a 1-0 halftime lead but fell to New Hanover 3-1 in its season-ending match on a rain-soaked Monday night.
Sheena Suttlemyre scored to put the Lady Trojans up 1-0 and held New Hanover scoreless until halfway through the second half. The Wildcats tied the game 1-1 and later scored again for the final margin.
“The girls played another outstanding match but had a difficult time holding the Wildcats in the last 10 minutes of the game,” West coach Laura Libero said. “We got another great effort from goalkeeper Ariel Gravino.”
It was Senior Night for the Lady Trojans at Rourk Stadium. Seniors honored were Mary Dorn, Erin Dingess, Erin Nolan, Monica White and Jordan Clear.
SARAH SUE INGRAM is interim sports editor of the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email@example.com.