Sixteen times the Norton tennis team has taken the court this season, and 16 times the Panthers have been victorious.
Norton continued its run at perfection with victories over visiting Canton Central Catholic on Friday, host Woodridge on Saturday, visiting Kent Roosevelt on Monday and host Field on Tuesday.
The Panthers (16-0, 12-0) will play in the Portage Trail Conference Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday at Ravenna.
“I am really pleased with how the guys are playing,” Norton coach Phil Seenes said. “I didn’t know what to think losing those three seniors last year — Brandon Caynor, Kyle May and Riley Roland. They were pretty good. Brandon and Kyle were one set away from making it to state [in Division II last year]. So, I was little unsure how this year would play out. This freshman, Justin Csepe, is pretty good. He grew up playing tennis and has really stepped up and solidified the top of our lineup.”
Csepe is playing No. 1 singles for Norton, which went 16-1 last year and 11-1 against PTC foes. Junior Milan Jevric, sophomore Austin Storad and junior Cole Collins also contribute as singles players.
The Panthers’ doubles units feature seniors Randy Roland and Jovan Jevric and juniors Matt Hlas and Nick Milich.
Caynor and May were Division II sectional champions last year and finished fifth at the district tournament. Randy Roland and Jovan Jevric also reached the district tournament after a third-place finish at sectional.
Seenes said Norton is seeking its third PTC title in a row and sixth in the past nine seasons. Norton will play in the Division I sectional later this month in Medina.
Copley wins tennis title
Copley boys tennis coach Mark Ullman guided the Indians to first place in the Suburban League Tournament on Monday at Medina High School.
The Indians won two of the three singles matches and won both doubles brackets.
Copley’s Andrew Ong and Gavin Aten won in first and second singles, respectively. Matt and Nick Adzema won in doubles play along with Max Juszczec and Matt Kromalic.
Revere finished second in the tournament, with Noah Hendrickson and Matt Harris placing second in first and second singles, respectively. Revere’s Bharat Kumar was first in third singles and Copley’s Kevin Du was second.
Hoban on win streak
The Archbishop Hoban girls lacrosse team (11-2) has won 10 matches in a row.
Hoban has defeated Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (10-5), Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (12-3), Orange (8-4), Mentor Lake Catholic (9-7), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (15-1), Avon Lake (15-5), Solon (16-0) and Beachwood (14-1).
Hoban also beat St. Vincent-St. Mary twice, 18-1 and 17-1.
Senior Ellen Lauterjung and sophomores Kara Miller, Ellie Durkin and Jenna Kaczmarczyk have been consistent goal scorers for coach Ken Orihel. Sophomore goalie Kelly Reece has been effective at stopping shots.
Retired Medina County administrator Bruce Lorincz said host Wadsworth and Highland will raise money Wednesday to donate to the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter when the school’s baseball teams meet at 4:30 p.m.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Gehrig, a baseball legend with the New York Yankees, died from ALS in 1941.
Wadsworth is a hot team in the Suburban League following two five-inning victories over Tallmadge, 14-1 and 12-1. Pitchers Nick Bebout and Eric Perebzak both got a win.
Alex Laikos, Will Rock, Mason Egleston, Greg Young, Kyle Pennington, Riley Campbell and A.J. Robinson helped the Grizzlies amass 21 hits in the two games.
Change at Highland
Highland’s Board of Education voted Monday to abolish the position of athletic director effective July 31.
The district plans to create an assistant principal position at the high school. That person will cover instructional responsibilities in addition to athletic duties.
Beacon Journal correspondent JoAnn Boruvka contributed to this report. Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com. Read the high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abj.sports.