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Three return for Aurora High tennis team; several lost

By STEVE BATKO| CORRESPONDENT Published: April 5, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- This spring should be a rebuilding season for the Aurora High boys tennis program as the Greenmen lost five seniors to graduation.

However, Aurora does have three of its best players from last spring back from a club that was 14-6 overall.

Head coach Dania Banc realizes it will be quite a task to create depth and replace five seniors, but the longtime mentor is positive about this season.

"We lost five seniors from last year so this will be a bit of a rebuilding year for us, but I do still have my three top players coming back," explained Banc.

The Greenmen return senior Brad Kennis and juniors Dan French and Andrew Sobodosh. "They will fill the 1 to 3 singles spots," said Banc. "I think we will be pretty solid in the singles because all of these guys have played varsity before."

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Aurora was set to open the season April 3 at Kent Roosevelt.

Newcomers to the varsity include juniors Alec Bessinger and Steven Cravens, sophomore Pranav Jayakumar and freshman Izzy Zuckett. "All these kids will be playing doubles, but I am not sure on spots yet," pointed out Banc.

She added that sophomores Ricky John and Zach Sender also could see some varsity action.

In probably the program's most difficult league tournament, Aurora competed against other Suburban League American Conference teams last year, placing fourth out of seven. In the regular season, Aurora was 4-3 in league action.

Powerful Copley won the team crown by edging Medina Highland 39-34, while Richfield Revere was third (29).

"The league will be tough with Highland and Revere being our toughest opponents," said Banc. "We should fare well against Kent Roosevelt, Barberton, Tallmadge and Copley," added the coach.

This is Banc's 10th campaign coaching the varsity boys squad.

In upcoming action, Aurora hosts Orange on April 6, Gilmour Academy on April 7 and Highland on April 10, and plays at Revere on April 12.


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