Peter Harris and Noah Hendrickson barely knew each other this time last year.
Twelve months later, Harris and Hendrickson are preparing to play in the Division I boys tennis tournament as a doubles unit for Revere this weekend in Columbus.
“We played each other a few times in previous years [in open offseason tournaments],” Harris said. “I didn’t know him that well prior to this school year starting. Once we started playing together and getting to know each other, we became a lot better friends.”
They have a 9-1 record together and are confident after winning a district title last week.
“They are a great pairing,” Revere coach Paul Fisher said. “They complement each other very well. I think they are really tapping into their potential as a doubles unit. They have only played as a doubles duo mostly at the sectional and the district.”
Harris, a 5-foot-9 senior, posted a 17-5 record this year at first singles. Hendrickson, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, compiled a 19-3 mark this year at second singles.
Harris, 18, reached the state tournament last year in doubles with Frank Jin. Hendrickson, 16, was being home schooled and was not on the Revere team.
“This season has been really fun,” Hendrickson said. “This is my first year on the team and the support has been good. This is the first year really looking forward to state and I think it will be a good experience.”
They play similar styles of tennis with one major difference. Harris is a left-hander, and Hendrickson is a right-hander.
“We are good friends, so I definitely think that is a key to being successful,” Hendrickson said. “He is very encouraging and very uplifting, which is good so I don’t get down on myself.”
Harris has committed to play tennis at Baldwin-Wallace College, and Hendrickson said he would like to play in college after completing high school.
“I am excited to see how much they can improve this week,” Fisher said.
Six area schools are playing in regional tournaments this week. Here is a brief look at the teams.
DIVISION I Hudson vs. Perry
The Explorers (24-2) and Panthers (19-10) will meet at 5 p.m. today at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton.
Hudson coach Chuck Schilling said his five senior starters have been vital to the team’s success.
“Our senior outfield with Will Stribrny in right, John Taylor in center and C.J. Tosino in left is solid,” Schilling said. “I think together they are the best three outfielders in the state of Ohio. They all can run and go get the ball and throw.”
Senior first baseman Duncan Moran is the cleanup hitter, and senior Michael Custer is the shortstop.
Junior Brian Malerick (10-0, one save) and senior Nate Andrasik (3-0) are Hudson’s top pitchers.
Perry is making its first regional appearance after winning a district title last week under first-year coach Dave Jones. The Panthers have won 10 of their past 11 games and feature a solid pitching rotation with Jake Flounders, Gary Lawrence, Tyler Patterson, Matt Kittelberger, Joe Beals and Kyle Kester.
Colin Guscoff, Josh Arrendale and Mason Dottavio have also been key players for Perry, which defeated the top three seeds in the Canton district (Jackson, Ellet and North Canton Hoover).
DIVISION II Tallmadge vs. Mentor Lake Catholic
Senior right-handed pitchers Tucker Linder (6-2) and Matt Shomo (3-0 ) lead the Blue Devils (20-8) into a 2 p.m. game today at the the Ballpark at Hudson.
Linder (.471, five home runs, 34 RBI) and Shomo (.394, 31 runs) are also key hitters along with senior Danny Blake (.395).
“Those three seniors have been outstanding,” Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn said. “They are good players and tri-captains.”
Junior twin brothers Cordt Skraba and Zach Skraba are key players for Tallmadge with sophomore Chris Gray, juniors Zach Cleary, Johnny Linn and Kody Edwards, and senior Nathan Jackson.
Canton South vs. Canfield
The Wildcats and Cardinals will meet at 5 p.m. at the the Ballpark at Hudson.
The Wildcats (21-7) rely on senior right-handed pitchers Logan Bowles (10-1) and Joe Costello (5-1) to limit opponents. South coach Trent McIlvain said Bowles is going to play at Ohio State and Costello is set to play at Malone. Freshman right fielder D.J. Wilson (.442, 28 RBI, 28 runs) is a key hitter along with sophomore second baseman Damon Wade (.394, 25 RBI), junior center fielder Noah Mallen and freshman catcher Conner Thomson.
DIVISION III Orrville vs. Orwell Grand Valley
The Red Riders (18-9) play at 2 p.m. today at Massillon High School.
Senior shortstop Alex Samson leads Orrville in hitting with a .424 average and 25 runs. Junior right-hander Trevor Kerr is the Red Riders’ ace pitcher at 6-2 and an important hitter batting .381 with 22 RBI.
Junior Kyle Johnston (.376, 21 RBI), sophomore J.T. Perez (.370, 23 RBI), sophomore Stuart Schley (.364, 28 runs) and senior A.J. Perez (.337, 24 RBI, 22 runs) are other Orrville players to watch.
DIVISION IV Mogadore vs. Attica Seneca East
The Wildcats enter this game at 5 p.m. today at Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain with a 14-9 record under coach Chris Mossa.
Senior Derek Valenti and junior Nick Montecalvo are Mogadore’s best pitchers. Senior Ryan Milush is an important hitter along with juniors Joe Callihan, Sam Graska and Gary Strain and sophomore Anthony Ricci.
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