Suffield boys’ tennis gets in the swing of spring

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Apr. 6, 2011
Brent Heineman returns a shot during practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Brent Heineman returns a shot during practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On March 25, the thermometer read a chilly 34 degrees, but that did not stop the Suffield High Schoolboys’ tennis team from practicing for the new season. Bundled in sweatshirts, wind pants and knit hats, the team took to the courts ready to play.

Coach Antonio Quintero is new this year, coming to Suffield with previous experience in New Hampshire. “This isn’t cold for tennis,” he said. “Now, New Hampshire- that’s cold. This is perfect weather to start practice.”

Eager to get underway, Quintero set the team into baseline drills. “We’re just starting,” he said, “but I can already see these kids have a great sense of camaraderie. They really enjoy each other’s company, and I think that will play a big part in how we do as a team.”

Anticipating good matches with Avon and Bolton, Quintero is beginning the season with conditioning. “I want the kids to work on their overall fitness, in addition to the game,” he said. “We run and do drills with the ball and ladders - conditioning plays a big part at this stage.”

Finishing the 2010 season at 12-8, the team sent two doubles teams and one singles player to the “Sweet 16” in tournament play. “I’m hoping to improve on that this year, but everyone needs to stay healthy,” Quintero said. “Travis Crosby, a doubles player, is out with a knee injury. He plays with his brother, Mitch. I’m hoping he recovers quickly, they play well together.”

Quintero listed the team’s overall strong points thus far. “We have 20 kids this year and several of them are experienced, aggressive players,” he said. “I’ve seen some really strong net work as well as baseline, and even with just a few practices, I have seen some real improvement in some of the less experienced players. It should be a good season.”

The team’s first match was against Avonat home on April 6. A complete schedule can be found on the website www.casciac.org.

 

 

Coach’s Corner-

Suffield High School Boys’ Tennis Head Coach Antonio Quintero

First season with this team.

Seniors: Eric Lenser, Patrick Slattery, Mitch Crosby, Ryan Kulas, Nick Collins, Zack Bergamini, Tom Brown and Tyler Seidel.

Goal for the season ahead: “Our overall goal for this season is to improve,” Quintero said simply.

Complete schedule on: www.casciac.org

           

Spotlight Players-

Tyler Seidel - Senior/Singles: A tennis player from the age of 9, Seidel has been with the SHS tennis team for three years. Competing in singles and doubles, he enjoys both baseline and net play. “I love getting an ace, that’s my favorite part,” Seidel said. Currently debating between Indiana University and Middlesex College, he plans to continue playing tennis in college.

 

Liam Brown - Junior/Singles: A relatively new player, Brown first began playing tennis his freshman year at SHS. Selected to play singles this season, he enjoys the flow of the game. “I like the flow in tennis. There is very little stopping; you just play the point,” he said. Brown also plays soccer and indoor track for Suffield.


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