Galeton, Lewisburg duos off to state tennis
Cool, calm and collected was the mood inside the West Branch Tennis Club where Galeton seniors, Eli Trimbur and Dave Rigas, captured the boys District 4 Class AA doubles tennis title. Trimbor and Rigas opted out of singles play to focus solely on their camaraderie and make a push for the doubles championships and a trip to states. They did just that.
Trimbur and Rigas opened the day with a straight-set 6-0, 6-0 win over Mifflinburg’s Nolan Beck and Tom Lichtel in the semifinals.
Also on Thursday, Tim Sprunt of Lewisburg won the District 4 AA singles title.
“We wanted to play our game, work on hitting the ball well and keep the nerves down. Once we started we felt we played good with each other,” Trimbur said, reflecting on Galeton’s game plan. Trimbur found early success moving around the court and found holes between his opponents where he hit the ball hard and made it tough for returns. As he became more relaxed, it brushed off on Rigas who found his groove hitting the ball well and kept Mifflinburg on their heels.
Rigas and Trimbur clinched their spot at states with the semifinals win, but wanted more out of the day. The duo continued with their gameplan vs. Danville’s Aiden Kennedy and Dhruv Kotru, and came away with the 6-1, 6-1 win to claim gold. Kennedy and Kotru defeated Central Columbia’s Avery Pruden and John Duncan, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal match that lasted more than two hours, then suffered from the quick turn around.
“We definietly wanted to exploit that and use it to our advantange. We had such a long layoff to prepare and get some rest for the finals.” Trimbur said.
Once the gold medals hung around the necks of the Galeton duo, their focus quickly turned to preparing for the first match at states.
“[States] last year was an eye-opening experience, I’d like to get a win there for our senior season. Rigas said. Rigas and Trimbur will face District 9’s runner up, Indiana, in the first round at the Hersey Racket Club next Friday morning at 10:30.
“I’m very pround of the boys…They played well…it’s a strong doubles team.” Galeton head coach Dan Brelo said on the performance from his players Thursday. “As long as they work hard,play smart and hustle, I think they have a good shot at winning some games next week, They are a good pair.”
It was an all-Lewisburg party on the singles side. Sprunt was strong in his win over fellow Green Dragon Carter Casimir, 6-2, 6-0. These two are familiar foes playing each other frequently over the past seven years. Sprunt maintained dominant serves for aces, while Casimir looked for weaknesses to exploit when returning the ball.
“Tim over powered Carter, but Carter played well against a good teammate.” Lewisburg’s assistant coach Rob McCormack said on the singles final match.
Just like doubles, the finalists advance to states. Sprunt was a doubles silver medalist a year ago, now he wants to build on that in the singles tournament this year.
“We are hoping for good tennis for [both] down there.” McCormack said. Sprunt will face Punxatawney’s Matt Blose, Casimir will play Will Wanner from Lancaster Mennonite at the Hershey Racquet Club next Friday at 9.