Submitted by Coaches Frank Noeson and Ryan Dygert
The 2017 SGI Boys’ Varsity Tennis season has come to an end. After numerous indoor practices and match rescheduling, the boys were finally able to call it a season after the ECIC tournament took place.
Overall, the team finished in 2nd place in Division IV with an 8-2 record, and a 10-4 record overall. The team earned victories over Depew, Tonawanda, Eden, Cleveland Hill, and JFK. The only losses came from Alden and close matches with Pioneer.
At first singles for the entire season, sophomore Michael Spagnola compiled an 11-3 record, suffering his only losses to Alden standout Tim Tur and Eden’s Justin Bernard. Michael entered the ECIC tournament as a singles player, but was unfortunately unable to advance to further rounds suffering a loss to Hamburg’s Brian Beck. It is exciting to think of two more years with Michael on the team as his dedication and work ethic have clearly paid off with his recent success and improvements.
Spending a majority of the season at second singles, senior Tanner Morlok was able to build an overall record of 11-3, losing only to Alden’s Nathan Lund, and Pioneer’s Trevor Jones. Tanner also participated in the ECIC tournament as a singles player, and faced a very tough challenge in a Williamsville North player who went on to take the match. The progress Tanner has made through his years on the team has been amazing to witness and the team wishes Tanner all the best in his future endeavors.
Rounding out the starting singles players is senior Joshua Moscato. Josh built a record of 9-4 throughout the season, only losing to Alden’s Nate Lund, Alden’s Lucas Bush, and Pioneer’s Justin Smith. Josh took part in the ECIC tournament, along with Matt Sion as a doubles team, but bowed out after the first round to a strong Starpoint team that has performed well all season. Congratulations to Josh and best of luck to your future as well!
Senior Tyler Neamon was able to build a 6-3 record until unforeseen conflicts forced him to miss the last handful of matches. The losses only came to Alden’s first doubles team and Pioneer’s first doubles team. Having taken a year off from tennis, the contributions he added to the team were great to have. His senior leadership was a compliment to Tanner and Josh. Best of Luck to Tyler in his future pursuits!
Junior Matt Sion returned to the tennis team following a year of track and quickly jumped back into the swing of things. Matt earned a starting first doubles spot where he and Tyler Neamon developed a 6-3 record. Matt then finished the season with Grant Karb as his partner and finished overall with a 10-4 record adding only another loss to Eden’s first doubles team. Matt was a part of the doubles team with Josh Moscato that participated at ECIC’s. The team is very excited to see the continued growth and success Matt will have next season.
7th grader Grant Karb quickly became one of the more versatile athletes this season having to switch doubles partners multiple times, and also playing a match at 3rd singles. Grant’s overall record for the year was 7-4. He has great potential to succeed over the next five years.
Fellow 7th grader Connor Hughey was teamed with Grant for much of the season and both found success and maturity within their game and made huge strides forward in their level of play. Connor stuck to second doubles for the season, playing with multiple partners in Grant’s absence, and compiling a 7-4 record as well.
One of the newcomers to the team, junior Wyatt Cudney brought positive vibes to the team that kept everyone relaxed and ready to play. Wyatt started the season as an exhibition player, but was able to move his way up to be a constant fixture and second doubles with Connor for the end of season stretch. Wyatt was able to go 6-2 at second doubles throughout the year. It is exciting to think of what one more year could bring for Wyatt out on the courts.
7th grader Scott Russell also took up a racket for the SGI Boys for the first time and made great improvement having a constant focus on understanding the rules, and strategy with how the game should be played. Scott ended up with a record of 1-1 at second doubles. Scott has many bright years ahead of him!
Freshman Sean Lux joined the team for the first time as well. Sean played exhibition throughout the season but his improvement was noticed by all, and the team looks forward to his return.
7th grader Shawn Towsley, also a newcomer, played exhibition as Sean Lux’s doubles partner and his constant encouraging attitude on the courts was a great addition to our team this year.