BROCKWAY— While the Brockway High School boys tennis team isn’t going to be in need of a full-size charter bus this season, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have hopes to be going anywhere.
The Rovers list just seven players on their roster this season with three of them out for the first time.
Still, two of their returners, juniors Anthony Esposito and Josh Salada, were part of the Rovers’ doubles team that helped them take the District 9 Class AA team title last season against St. Marys.
It was the second-straight trip to the district team finals for the Rovers, which fell to ECC in 2015.
However, Brockway was able to use a rain-delayed contest against St. Marys to its advantage last year as just three matches, two singles and one doubles, were completed.
Esposito and Salada are the only two returning players to register wins in the victory, as both Tyler Foradori and Mason Lindenmuth, the Rovers’ Nos. 2 and 3 singles players in the match, were seniors.
But those two aren’t the only ones returning from last year’s squad. Senior Adam Sabatose, who teamed with Foradori to advance to the semifinals of the District 9 Class AA doubles tournament, will be back for his fourth season, while sophomore Weston Hrin will return for his second.
Even as a sophomore, Hrin already has some valuable experience under his belt. He was paired with Brendan Allison in the other doubles match against St. Marys during the team championship in a game that didn’t finish.
The Rovers will also have a new head coach this season as Cynthia Copenhaver will take over the team from former coach Lori Sabatose, who retired after last season. Copenhaver is no stranger to the court at Brockway herself, helping coach the girls team for several seasons.
Joining her on the coaching staff will be John Hawkins and Joe Baka.
Brockway is slated to open the season this afternoon when it travels to DuBois.
Senior: Adam Sabatose. Juniors: Anthony Esposito, Josh Salada. Sophomores: Weston Hrin, Dalton Hook. Freshmen: Nathan Bennett, Braidon Smith.