The Solanco tennis team lost to visiting Octorara 7-0 in the season opener Tuesday, August 20.
New Solanco tennis coach Bob Walrath has a couple simple goals for the season.
"I want us to get more competitive and continue to grow," Walrath said. "We have a young team. They are coachable people who want to learn. If we keep pushing ourselves in practice I'll be very content with that. They've done everything I've asked and I'm pleased with the progress."
A sign advocating good sportsmanship and a persistent son are just two of the reasons Bob Walrath is the new Solanco High School tennis coach.
An impressive resume didn't hurt.
Former Solanco High tennis players Annie Hammel and Thea McCullough are assisting aspiring athletes who are following in their footsteps.
Hammel, McCullough, and Hammel's husband, Mike, are serving as instructors at Solanco Tennis Camp.
by Bud Hart
Solanco’s young and inexperienced tennis team suffered three losses this past week, a 7-0 defeat to Cedar Crest at home, a 5-2 loss to Garden Spot at New Holland, and a 7-0 defeat at Pequea Valley.
The Solanco tennis team suffered losses to Penn Manor and Cedar Crest last week.
Penn Manor defeated the Mules 6-1 last Thursday.
Lela Fredricks, playing number four singles, notched the Solanco victory. She prevailed 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
The Solanco tennis team suffered three losses after opening the season with a victory.
Pequea Valley downed the Mules 6-1 Friday.
Nell Keeport recorded Solanco's lone win by prevailing at number three singles 4-6, 6-1, 10-5 (tiebreaker). "She played consistently, moved her player around the court, and got to every ball," coach Annie Hammel said. "She was determined to win and pulled through with a win for the team."
Marissa Witmer, Caity Cozzone, and Emily Duvall each lost in straight sets. Witmer/Cozzone and Faith Reimold/Thea McCullough were competitive in their doubles matches.
"We always have a close match with Pequea Valley and the match was much closer than the scores show," Hammel said.
The Solanco tennis team is optimistic. The Mules welcome back all of the key contributors from last year's squad and looked strong in a scrimmage against Lancaster Mennonite.
Coach Annie Hammel is confident Solanco will improve upon last season's record of 2-8 league, 3-9 overall.
We'll be a deeper team because of the experience," she said. "I definitely think we'll be better than last year."