Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Despite Youth, Peters Knows How to Win

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Despite Youth, Peters Knows How to Win

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Competing in one of the toughest sections in the WPIAL, the Peters Township boys' tennis team is hoping to get by playing three freshmen at its singles positions.

But these are no ordinary freshmen. And this is no ordinary section.

"I can't imagine there being a tougher section, as far as teams we have to beat," Indians coach Brandt Bowman said. "Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair are always good and Bethel Park this year is pretty strong.

"Last year, we beat North Allegheny and they were first in their section [Peters Township was below Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair in Section 4-AAA.]

"It's a tough section, but I'd rather have it that way, though. A lot of these teams from weaker sections, they don't play anybody until playoff time. I think it's better for kids to be battle- tested for the playoffs if they make it."

Through Wednesday, Peters Township was 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the section under Bowman, a second-year coach. Peters lost to Mt. Lebanon, 3-2, Tuesday.

It has been a season of transition as defending WPIAL runner-up Lee Michael Marnick graduated. Luckily for the Indians, brother Adam was able to step directly into the No. 1 singles position as a ninth- grader. Adam Marnick qualified for the WPIAL singles tournament last week after his third-place showing at the section tournament.

Two other freshmen, Drew Hancherick and Patrick Kennedy, play second and third singles. Marnick and Hancherick boast USTA regional rankings, and despite Kennedy having just moved back to Peters Township after living in Michigan for five years, he said he already feels a special bond with his fellow classmates.

"We all make each other better," Kennedy said. "I think we all are getting better playing with each other. We play with each other every day in practice and it helps being around such great players."

Bowman is in his second year as coach, but is a pro at the Peters Township tennis center, so he is familiar with the Indians players. …

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