High hopes for HBHS tennis

The Hollis Brookline boys bring everyone back from a tennis team that reached the semifinals a year ago.

Coach Jim McCann’s crew will be bolstered by some young talent, that will certainly push the regulars to be even better in 2018. That certainly bodes well.

It might take a little time for girls coach Marie Salamone to replace some gaping holes in her lineup.

But there is a slew of freshmen ready to compete for playing time there, making the Cavs a Division II sleeper in what the coach team a rebuilding year.

The season is set to commence, weather permitting, on April 4 with the boys at home and the girls on the road. Each will face Goffstown.

HOLLIS BROOKLINE

BOYS

COACH: Jim McCann (sixth year)

2017: 13-3, lost to Portsmouth in semis

RETURNING STARTERS: Nic Vahe, so.; David Cherkassky, jr.; Darius Paradie, so.; Ben Zielinski, so.; Alex Anghel, so.; Max Burns, so.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: None.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Rory Klauber, fr.; Thomas Ackerly, so.; Will Pesiridis, fr.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We’re returning a young, strong core of talent,” McCann said. “We need to continue building our depth and experience.”

HOLLIS BROOKLINE

GIRLS

COACH: Marie Salamone (ninth year).

2017: 9-5, lost to Windham in quartefinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Emily Spooner, sr.; Julia Stam, sr.; Sam Randlett, jr.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: None.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Delaney Wiemer, fr.; Aya Kingsley, fr.; Lia Eisenberg, fr.; Natasha Ferro, fr.; Samantha Morse, fr.; Cassie Farnworth, fr.; Lily McAdams, fr.; Lindsey Wood, jr.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “This is a rebuilding year,” Salamone said. “We have a young team this year.

“From wht I’ve seen, we have some promising freshmen, who are eager to learn and have tremendous skill.”

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