With the regular season and their record not qualifying for the team section of the District 3 playoffs, the Elizabethtown Area High School boys tennis team could only keep themselves in contention by sending players in the singles and doubles sections via wins in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. Alas, they fell short, so their season is over.
Elizabethtown managed just two wins in the opening round of the various flight tournaments. The sophomore team of Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson won 6-0, 6-1 over Bryce Hanna and Nicholas Bernard of Penn Manor in the Flight 1 doubles tournament at Conestoga Valley on Thursday, April 26.
Meanwhile, junior Chris Gartley beat Justin Hilty of Cedar Crest 6-3, 6-4 in the Flight 4 singles tournament at Ephrata the same day. It was a rematch of their earlier thriller during the two teams’ match on Tuesday, April 24.
However, they wouldn’t go any further than that. Gartley was defeated 6-0, 6-1 by Clay Myers of McCaskey in the Flight 4 quarterfinals shortly after his opening round win. Lown and Erickson later fell to Tom Chairs and Carson Schreiber of Manheim Township 6-0, 6-1 in the Flight 1 doubles quarterfinals on Saturday, April 28. Myers ended up winning in the Flight 4 finals, while Chairs and Schreiber lost to Ben Cooke and Jake Curtin of Hempfield in the Flight 1 doubles finals.
The rest of the team didn’t do as well, with all of them losing at various locations on Thursday, April 26. Lown was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Chairs in Flight 1 singles at Conestoga Valley. Erickson fell 6-3, 6-2 to Miles Durrett of Lancaster Catholic in Flight 2 singles at Manheim Central. Senior Logan Hoover also faced a Lancaster Catholic player, losing to Ross Conway 6-2, 6-0 in Flight 3 singles at Warwick.
For the two remaining doubles teams, Hoover and Chris Gartley were defeated 8-3 by Adam Brightbill and Bradley Hinegardner of Cedar Crest in Flight 2 doubles, while juniors Jon Gartley and Evan Schneider were swept 8-0 by Hunter Winey and Josh Gingerich of Pequea Valley in Flight 3 doubles.
While Elizabethtown didn’t make much of an impact in the postseason as they would’ve liked to, their outlook for 2019 is extremely bright. They’ll only lose Hoover and fellow senior Owen Evans to graduation, leaving them with eight players who had varsity time this season. Lown, Erickson, the Gartley brothers, Schneider, junior Tyler Bixler and sophomore Jimmy Overmoyer figure to play key roles on the team next year.