CONWAY — Mother Nature must not be a tennis fan. If the schedule had played out as planned the Kennett High boys’ tennis team would have played six matches, almost half of its season, by now, but due to snow and rain, the hometown folks had only been able to play two opponents thus far.
It’s become a scheduling nightmare for the Eagles, who look like they’ll be playing matches just about every day that ends in a “y” for the foreseeable future.
Kennett (1-1) was scheduled to venture through Pinkham Notch to Gorham to play Berlin (0-3 in Division III) on Monday, but the contest was rained out. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in Gorham.
KHS is slated to play three more matches this week, weather permitting. On Tuesday, the Eagles are scheduled to host Portsmouth (3-1) at the Jon C. Judge Tennis Park in the home opener at 4:30 p.m.; on Wednesday, they are in Northwood for a match against Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (1-3) at 4 p.m.; and Thursday, host Berlin at 4 p.m.
“We’re packing the matches in where we can,” said Jason Cicero, Eagles’ head coach.
The team originally did not have any matches scheduled over spring recess (April 22-26), but will now have to play at least twice against Berlin on April 23 and at home against Bow (2-1) on April 25.
Cicero, who will miss those matches due to a trip to France, said Assistant Coach Steve Piotrow or KHS Athletic Director Neal Weaver will take over the coaching reigns.
The Eagles were on the road Thursday for a match in Amherst against the defending state champs Souhegan (4-1). The Sabers swept the doubles win the contest 6-3.
Matt Lapsley, the current New Hampshire singles champion, won both of his matches to help the hosts to the win.
At No. 1 singles, Lapsley beat Eric Schandor 8-0; Braeden Bailey lost 8-1 at No. 2; Jack Wheeler won 8-5 at No. 3,; Foster Piotrow 8-5 at No. 4; Nick Heysler rallied to win a 9-8 tiebreaker at No. 5, and Sam Alkalay rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 8-6 at No. 6 to knot the match at 3-3 after singles.
Cicero gave the game ball to Heysler for battling back to net a win.
“After singles,” Cicero said, “we were feeling pretty good, but Souhegan played very well in the doubles.
In doubles, Schandor/Alkalay fell 8-1; Bailey/Wheeler fell 8-3, and Piotrow/Heysler went down 8-1.
“They are very good,” Cicero said.