DALLASTOWN — Dallastown tennis star Holden Koons tossed a ball into the air while preparing to serve on Monday afternoon as snowflakes fell on the Wildcats' courts.
Spring sports season? Really?
Much warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the end of this week, but the week began with Dallastown taking on arch-rival Red Lion on a day when the temperatures didn't get out of the 30s.
"It was really weird playing when it was snowing," Koons said. "But both of us (Dallastown and Red Lion) have matches through the end of the week, so we had to get this one in."
Court conditions, not surprisingly, weren't the greatest.
"It was tricky (getting around)," Koons said. "It wasn't just hard for me, but it was hard for everyone else, too. Everyone was taking it easy on push offs (in order not to slip)."
Koons, the defending District 3 Class 3-A and York-Adams League Class 3-A singles champion, helped make sure the Wildcats remained unbeaten by winning the No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-0.
Dallastown swept the three singles matches and split the two doubles matches to hand the Lions a 4-1 setback. It was Red Lion's first loss of the season. Both teams entered at 3-0 in York-Adams Division I action and 6-0 overall.
Burns, May come up big: Jonathan Burns and Sebastian May also supplied singles victories for the Wildcats.
"Jonathan and Sebastian, they're really getting better and better," Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said. "I've seen a lot of improvement over the last month, and they (Burns and May) had big wins last Friday against Hempfield."
Burns played No. 3 singles last year, while May made the leap up the tennis ladder from No. 8 last year to No. 3 this year.
"Sebastian, he's very athletic," Mark Koons said. "I really feel the best is yet to come for him. Our doubles guys are still learning, but they're coming along."
Coach Koons has two sons playing on the team this year, Holden and Cameron.
Holden Koons looking to get more aggressive: Mark Koons said that Holden is looking to play more aggressive this year.
"Coming to the net a little more is a goal for him," coach Koons said. "Sometimes he plays too tentative, and sometimes he plays too aggressive. He's still trying to find the middle."
Along with his high school matches, Holden Koons challenges some of the best players in the country in United States Tennis Association matches. He'll travel Georgia in two weeks for a USTA 18-and-under tournament.
"It's definitely a lot of fun playing in those matches," Koons said. "I'm friends with a lot of the guys and the matches are all really close."
Wildcats young: Koons heads up a Dallastown team that features all underclassmen in the starting lineup. That's bad news for teams looking to topple the Wildcats from the top spot.
In addition to the three singles victories on Monday, Dallastown's Noah May (Sebastian's brother) and Vincent Villani captured the No. 2 doubles match.
Phil Zeidman and Luke Zeidman supplied the Lions' point with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 1 doubles.
West York 4: Delone Catholic 1: At Hanover, Jack Citrone and Noah Sanderson won in singles and Jacob Landis and Matt Fuendes won at No. 1 doubles, all in straight sets, to lead the Bulldogs. Delone forfeited the No. 2 doubles match.
Susquehannock 4, York Catholic 1: At GlenRock, Brendan Paules won at No. 2 singles and the Warriors swept the doubles to earn the win. Nicholas Gingerich won at No. 1 singles for the Irish, who had to forfeit the No. 3 singles match.
South Western 5, Dover 0: At Dover, Vince Guy, Wyatt Laudicina and John Hanson each won 6-0, 6-0 in singles for the Mustangs, who improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Littlestown 5, Spring Grove 0: At Littlestown, the home team improved to 6-0 behind straight-set singles wins from Noah DeCampo, Ryan Appleton and Jared Braswell.
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