April 9, 2008


Trojans open up shutting out CHS

Tennis Opener

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Reilley Mastroe smacks a backhand during his 6-3, 6-1 second singles win over Cortland High’s Jacob Klinger during Tuesday’s season opening match. Visiting Homer posted a 7-0 shutout victory.

The Homer Central boys’ tennis team got off to a good start Tuesday afternoon, blanking host Cortland High 7-0 in the OHSL Freedom Division opener for both squads.
“What a great way to start out the season,” said Homer coach Nancy Cavellier. “All the guys started out a little anxious, however. They settled down and eventually played their game.”
“Homer came in and played well,” Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath said. “Barring injuries or sickness they should do fine this season. Their experience showed at key times. On our side, several players were disappointed, which was good for me to see. Players expected to do better than they did, and it was good to see my young, inexperienced team believe in themselves that much.
“Only Jacob Klinger and Luka Starmer have any real match experience, while Colin Heasley played his first match at singles, and first singles at that,” the coach added.
Coach Cavallier singled out some key performers in the Homer win.
“Stefan (Haugen) looked pretty comfortable at fourth singles seeing that he played doubles last year,” said Cavallier after the shutout. “Nick Larison and Chris Davenport compliment each other well at doubles and what a strong start for our freshman Riley (Bauer) and Casie (Garrison).”
Haugen completed a four-match singles sweep for the Trojans with a solid 6-2, 6-1 straight sets win over Kris Novak.
The Larison-Davenport duo were 6-2, 7-5 winners over Evan Henkel and Gerritt Wissink at second doubles while Bauer and Garrison posted a strong 6-0, 6-2 sweep over Mike Hall and Ryan Reagan at third doubles.
Chris Bauer, Reilley Mastroe and Jeff Eves were singles winners for Homer while Keegan Mastroe and Dan DiGiovanna scored the win at first doubles.
Bauer swept Heasley 6-2, 6-3 at first singles and Mastroe downed Klinger 6-2, 6-3 at second singles. Eves needed a 7-5 tiebreaker in the first set against Kachi Anumonwo at third singles before taking the second set 6-3.
Keegan Mastroe and DiGiovanna rallied from a 4-6 loss to Starmer and Levi Walrath in the first set with a 6-3 win in the second set and a 7-6 decision with a 7-4 tiebreaker in the third set.
“Luka and Levi played a pretty touch match, winning the first set before losing a match-deciding tie-breaker,” Walrath said. “Luka was pretty consistent, and we will need that so players can further develop. Levi held his own in his first competitive match ever. Gerritt and Evan also completed well and got stronger in their communication and play, nearly taking it to a third set. But Homer played the big points a little better than us. We’ll need to play smarter tennis this season.
“In their first matches, I though Ryan did a nice job of serving and staying aggressive while Mike also got better at finding the openings for his shots,” added Coach Walrath. “Colin hung tough, Jacob had a nice match with a lot of close points and games and Kachi, in his first varsity start, gave it all he had. Kris, also in his first varsity match, played with good energy. It was good to get what I hope were first-match jitters behind us.”
Cortland is back in action this afternoon, hosting Auburn in a 4:30 p.m. non-league. Homer will travel to Fulton for Freedom Division action Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before heading into spring break.

Homer 7, Cortland 0

Singles: Chris Bauer (H) def. Colin Heasley 6-2, 6-3; Reilley Mastroe (H) def. Jacob Klinger 6-3, 6-1; Jeff Eves (H) def. Kachi Anumonwo 7-6 (5), 6-3; Stefan Haugen (H) def. Kris Novak 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: Keegan Mastroe-Dan DiGiovanna (H) def. Luka Starmer-Levi Walrath 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4); Nick Larison-Chris Davenport (H) def. Evan Henkel-Gerritt Wissink 6-2, 7-5; Riley Bauer-Casie Garrison (H) def. Mike Hall-Ryan Reagan 6-0, 6-2.