Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Township Very Young but Team Knows How to Win

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Township Very Young but Team Knows How to Win

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Playing 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, you know 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."

Peters Township is 6-3 and 4-2 in the section under Bowman, in his second year. It has been a season of transition, as defending WPIAL runner-up Lee Michael Marnick graduated. Luckily for the Indians, younger 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 earlier this 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 five years of his family living in Michigan, 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. He said that Adam Marnick is about at the same stage Lee Michael was at as a freshman, Hancherick has excelled with USTA tournament play and Kennedy is athletic, competing in cross country and basketball in addition to tennis. …

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