DALLASTOWN — Ryan Small stood on the hill above the Dallastown High School tennis courts on Thursday afternoon watching three doubles matches.
The view was a familiar one for Small, who was part of the Wildcats' program for four years before graduating in 2009.
On this day, however, Small wasn't rooting for his alma mater.
He's the new head boys' tennis coach at Red Lion, Dallastown's long-time arch-rival.
"It's bittersweet coming back," Small said. ""It's nice to see everyone, and it's nice to play a team of that high caliber."
Of course. it's not a nice feeling to lose, as Red Lion did on Thursday. However, the Lions had nothing to be ashamed of. They competed, but Dallastown was just better.
The Wildcats' 6-1 victory kept them undefeated in York-Adams Division I at 5-0. They are 12-2 overall. Red Lion fell to 6-3 and 2-2.
Dallastown swept the singles in straight sets, not giving up more than three games in any set. Freshman Holden Koons, Hunter Jones, Sachin Venkatesh, Tyler Lilie and Nathan Swartz earned the singles points for the Wildcats.
"I'm certainly pleased where we are, but we have the meat of our schedule coming up," Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said. "We have our tournament (Cumberland Valley, Cedar Crest and Altoona are the other teams) and then we have New Oxford on Monday and South Western on Wednesday."
Koons' son led the way on Thursday, winning 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.
"That's as good as Holden's played," Mark Koons said. "His serve was good, and he played well all around."
Small was impressed with Holden Koons' play and by the elite program his former coach has built at Dallastown.
"Coach Koons has everything down to T," Small said. "His experience, playing and coaching, are far beyond any other coach. I want to model my program after his. To build something like he built here is the ultimate goal."
Dallastown, along with capturing numerous Division I titles during Koons' tenure, also captured four District 3-AAA crowns and one state title.
Red Lion earned its point on Thursday at No. 2 doubles, where Chase McKnight and Alex Ohme triumphed, 10-4, in a pro set.
Dallastown's Jones and David Trimmer combined to capture the No. 1 doubles match, 10-7.
OTHER BOYS' TENNIS
South Western 6, Dover 1: At Dover, Ben Sentz got things rolling at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Wyatt Crone and the Mustangs never looked back. Dover’s Luke Lightner and Michael Kozuch teamed to beat Ricky Dolan and Drake Anderson at No. 2 doubles.
York Catholic 7, Susquehannock 0: At Glen Rock, the Irish received straight-set singles victories from Michael Andrews, Alberto Bruno, Nicholas Gingerich, Mason Elliott and Hui Wang.
Central York 5, West York 2: At Central, Mike Visco defeated Tim Pickard, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles before teaming with Chris Maderitz to win the first doubles match and clinch the outcome for Central.
Hershey 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets dropped a non-league match.
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