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Juszczak Back To Defend Title

March 21, 2014
By DAVE MORRISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NEW MANCHESTER - Madison Juszczak's season at No. 4 seed for the Oak Glen girls' tennis team nearly mirrored that of her Golden Bears teammates.

She took it one step further.

After helping Oak Glen capture the region championship, she advanced to Charleston and won the No. 4 Singles championship.

That capped a great season by the Golden Bears, which included a doubles championship and a runner-up finish.

Now Coach Kenneth Keller is hoping to build on the success.

He returns a multitude of talent, and 13 girls in all, to fill a couple of spots vacated by graduating seniors.

Three varsity girls return, led by Haley Spurlock, Juszczak and Madison Hill.

"I think we are going to have a lot of fun and we are going to have a great season," Keller said. "There are certainly expectations coming off a regional championship and a 14-2 record, but you never know. We have the talent and we have the will. Now it's time to put it out on the court and see what happens,"

Anna Crawford returns from a season playing No. 2 Doubles and Abby Sayre and Lauren Puzzurro are also back.

"We haven't finalized all the positions just yet," Keller said. "But we have 13 girls and we'll see how it all blends together."

Shannon Sayre's boys' team will look a little bit like the boys soccer team.

With good reason. Most of them played for the Golden Bears' sectional championship team.

Sayre is hoping for like success on the hardcourt this spring.

Addison Sayre will reprise his role as the Golden Bears' No. 1 seed.

He moved up from No. 4 as a freshman and took some lumps.

"He really enjoyed the chance to play the best players," his coach said. "A lot of people would have gotten discouraged but he understood what it was and he enjoyed that role. I expect he will be much improved this season after last year's learning experience."

Nate Bennett. Cullen Bennett and Evan Hall are returning with some experience and Devon Flanagan, Jesse Lantz, Eddie Kruppa and Christian White are all vying for action this season.

"My team will be very young this year, we graduated a lot of seniors," Sayre said. "Right now we are trying to find the right mix and the right combination."

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