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Thorpe tops Tamaqua in tennis

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Date: March 31st, 2011

Category: Tennis

From the Standard-Speaker:

Jim Thorpe 3, Tamaqua 2 – The Blue Raiders opened with a win in No. 1 singles when Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante defeated Mitch Franko 6-1 6-4, but lost the next two sets to the Olympians. Jim Thorpe’s Corey Ligenza defeated Evan Stoll 7-6(9-7) and 7-5 and it was James Denny defeating Tamaqua’s Matt Hadesty 2-6 6-0 4-1(retired).

Jim Thorpe then added a third straight set to open No. 1 doubles with Tim Smyth and Kyle Laurence defeating Jerome Betz and Joe Binder 6-4 6-3. Tamaqua rebounded in the final doubles with the team of Eric Fiorilla and Colin Johnson upending Shane Blicher and Otto-Zach Nace, 6-1 6-3

Ellyn Tomko is TN Tennis player of the year

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Date: December 21st, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Times-News:

When reflecting back upon the past four years of Ellyn Tomko’s high school tennis career, Jim Thorpe head tennis Coach Norb Lienhard had plenty of compliments to pay his senior number one singles player.

All of the typical lauds were there, but so was some very special praise.

Lienhard said Tomko brought a little more to the table for the Lady Olympians’ tennis team over the course of the past four years. The progression of her talents and development of her skills over her years at Jim Thorpe showed plenty of character, drive, ambition and a desire to improve upon her game, in order to better the program.

Upon her arrival at the tennis courts her freshman year, things weren’t as defined for Tomko.

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Lux, Ligenza earn medals

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Date: May 10th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Times-News:

ALLENTOWN – Zach Ligenza played in the No. 2 singles slot for the Jim Thorpe boys’ tennis team this season.

During the last five days, however, Ligenza was on some unfamiliar ground as he was playing in the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tournament.

It was an adjustment Ligenza and his partner Sam Lux, the Olympians’ No. 1 singles player, handled well together. So well in fact that the Jim Thorpe seniors walked away with the bronze medal after knocking off Notre Dame of Green Pond’s Matt Crouse and Mike Antonis, 6-3, 6-4 in Monday’s consolation match.

“Basically, when I found out that Sam and I were going to be doubles’ partners, I was pretty excited,” Ligenza said. “We actually did have to build into it because we’re singles’ players. We’re not very good at doubles.

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Lux lands in third at districts

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Date: May 9th, 2010

Category: Tennis

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From the Times-News:

ALLENTOWN – Sam Lux was exactly where he wanted to be on the first Monday in May – give or take 20 yards.

The Jim Thorpe senior was playing in the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament at West End Racquet and Fitness Center. But instead of playing for the district title and a berth in the state tournament, Lux had to settle for a berth in the consolation match.

One court removed from the television cameras and the big crowd following the gold medal match, Lux was determined to make the most of his bronze medal showdown against Wilson’s Mike Nester.

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Lux and Ligenza move up in quarters

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Date: May 7th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Times-News

SOUTH WHITEHALL – Sam Lux and Zach Ligenza don’t play a lot of doubles tennis.

But it didn’t show Friday in the first round of the District 11 Class AA doubles tournament at West End Racquestball Club.

The Jim Thorpe seniors disposed of both their opponents in two sets and are headed to today’s quarterfinal round.

“This is kind of new,” said Lux, a district singles semifinalist and the Olympians No. 1 singles player the past two years. “Doubles is interesting to say the least. It’s not what I’m used to, but I can defnitely appreciate doubles. It’s a different game than singles. I’m lucky I have a good partner. It makes it a lot easier when you have a good partner.”

Lux and Ligenza, the No. 2 seeded pairing in the tournament, won their first round match 6-0, 6-4 over Wilson’s Roth Healey and Michael McLaughlin. They beat Bethlehem Catholic’s Stephen Rossi and Frank Shi in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Lux falls in D-11 semifinals

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Date: May 1st, 2010

Category: Tennis

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From the Times-News:

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP Four and a half hours of tennis is a lot on any day under any conditions.

With District 11 tournament hopes riding on each match and with the tempurature rising near 90 degrees Saturday on West End Racquetball Club’s macadam courts, it turned out to be just a little too much tennis for Sam Lux.

The Jim Thorpe senior fell in the semifinals of the Class AA District 11 Tournament, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Central Catholic’s Labario Obeid.

“He just ran out of gas today,” said Jim Thorpe head coach Norb Lienhard. “That’s what happened. He had a long first match in this heat.”

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Moravian beats Thorpe tennis team

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Date: April 29th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Times-News:

It was an hour that the Jim Thorpe boys tennis team would definitely like to forget.

The majority of the Olympians walked off the court in under 60 minutes as they suffered a 4-1 loss to powerful Moravian Academy.

Jim Thorpe head coach Norb Leinhard and all seven of his starting players will take in this regular season matchup as a “lesson learned” to prepare themselves for this year’s District 11 Class 2A Team Tournament, which is less than two weeks away.

“They’re going to learn from it,” Leinhard said. “They’re going to come back tomorrow and practice hard. They all know what they did wrong and now we all feel we definitely can stay with them. This score was 4-1, but we were a better team than what today’s score showed.

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Lux looks forward to tennis districts

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Date: April 29th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Times-News:

Despite being awarded the No. 1 overall seed in last year’s District 11 AA tennis tournament, Sam Lux’s run at the title was short-lived.

Lux fell to Catasauqua’s Shanore James, 7-6, 7-5, in what was somewhat of a controversial pairing. Since Catty did not field a team during the year, James had no record and was not seeded for the tournament.

James turned out to be much better than his 0-0 record. In fact, James went on to win the tournament and never lost more than four games in any set after facing Lux.

“It is something I still think about,” admitted Lux. “I like to think about all of my losses and see what I could have done different. I still had my opportunities to win the match. I thought I matched up with him well. He just played better than me that day.

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Olympians eye run at D-11 tennis title

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Date: April 16th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Republican-Herald:

Jim Thorpe looks to climb the District 11 tennis ladder this season.
And with their top two singles players and No. 1 doubles team returning, the Olympians are primed for a winning season.
Meanwhile, Blue Mountain, Tamaqua and Pottsville are in rebuilding modes, though the Crimson Tide’s experienced lineup may produce better results this spring.
That leaves the Olympians as the area’s team to watch.
A pair of seniors, No. 1 Sam Lux and No. 2 Zach Ligenza, are back to give Jim Thorpe potent players at the top of its lineup.

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Olympian tennis team eye D-11 title

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Date: April 8th, 2010

Category: Tennis

From the Republican-Herald:

Jim Thorpe looks to climb the District 11 tennis ladder this season.

And with their top two singles players and No. 1 doubles team returning, the Olympians are primed for a winning season.

Meanwhile, Blue Mountain, Tamaqua and Pottsville are in rebuilding modes, though the Crimson Tide’s experienced lineup may produce better results this spring.

That leaves the Olympians as the area’s team to watch. Read the full article here >>.