Elk County Catholic downs Johnsonburg boys tennis, 7-2

JOHNSONBURG – The Elk County Catholic Crusader tennis team handed the Johnsonburg Rams a 7-2 loss Tuesday afternoon at the Johnsonburg courts.“We played strong today, especially in our singles, in both wins and losses, our guys like to compete. One thing that’s been a positive, especially in our singles, is that if we start out with a good momentum, we tend to keep it through the match’s entirety, which helps a lot with on-court confidence,” said ECCHS coach Nick Caggiano.At first singles, J. P. Allegretto of the Rams defeated Shane Mancuso 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).At second singles, Ben Wortman of ECC defeated Mason Martonik 6-3, 6-2.At third singles, Peter Pontzer of the Crusaders defeated Jon Carnovale 6-3, 6-0.Jarid DeCarli of ECC beat Shane Bickford 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.At fifth singles, Elk’s Scott Reichard defeated Nate Field 6-2, 6-1.“Ben, Peter and Jarid continue to play strong, posting solid wins. Shane continues to improve and did much better competing with J.P., and he’s definitely close to breaking through. Scott Reichard used an effective first serve to help him in his second straight forward win,” said Caggiano.At first doubles, ECC’s Scott Krellner and Darren Simons defeated J.P. Allegretto and Mason Martonik 8-6.Johnsonburg’s Shane Bickford and Jon Carnovale downed ECC’s Kyler Breakey and Kevin Detsch 8-3 at second doubles.Picking up forfeit wins for ECC was the third doubles team of Nate Dattoli and Tyler Herzing and the fourth doubles team of Jarid DeCarli and Peter Pontzer.“In doubles we were able to finally get more playing time for some of our players who haven’t been able to get out there. Kyler and Kevin came up short, but did make some nice plays in defeat. First doubles had a great team effort from Scott Krellner and Darren Simons. They had some good plays at the net and used some great defense to win a close match. They were literally playing a game of ‘beat the clock’ out there. They were playing under some threatening skies and just a few seconds after sealing the win, on cue the rain came, so we were fortunate to get the match in today,” said the coach.“It’s hard to believe this is only our fourth match of the season, but we’re taking each day as it comes to us, still focused on our goals,” Caggiano added.Elk Catholic, now 2-2 on the season, is scheduled to host St. Marys Area on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.