After going 10-1 and winning the Division 3 title in 2011, the Hamburg High School boys’ tennis team struggled through a 3-8 Berks League season last year. This year they hope to rebound from that and get back to their winning ways.
But that might be a difficult task for the 2013 Hawks. This will be a rebuilding year as they will return just one starter from last year’s team.
Austin Manmiller. a sophomore, is that returning starter. He was the number four singles player last year and was the number one singles player in Hamburg’s league opener against Wyomissing March 22. The Spartans won that match, 7-0.
“Our goal is to get better as individual players and as a team every day,” said Head Coach Bill Tritt. “We learn and gain valuable experience for the next year and beyond when we should be able to compete for county, and possible district honors. This year will be a success as long as we improve. There is a lot of potential on this team.”
Other players who are competing to get into the starting line-up are: Cole Hindenach, Dylan Schreiner, Nick Rausch, Jacob Eller and Devon Messner.
Against Wyomissing, Rausch was the number two singles player, while Schreiner was number three, Hindenach number four and Damian Ulrich number five. Of course, that could change as the season goes along.
Ulrich is a sophomore who is very athletic and Coach Tritt likes his potential. It’s his first year on the team but he impressed Coach Tritt enough to get into the starting line-up against the Spartans.
Neal Kerschner is another sophomore who is new to the sport of tennis. Coach Tritt likes what he sees in Kerschner and believes he could make an impact as the season wears on.
Jason Li is a junior who has shown a lot of improvement from last year, and Nate Parent is a freshman with a lot of promise. Both could make a difference this year.
At this point it’s hard to say who will be in what spot when the season comes to an end, but wins will be tough to come by for the Hawks this season. It’s definitely a rebuilding season.