Stafford Leader

Franks and Senior Core Group Lead Southern Tennis Hopes

Spring Sports Preview
Apr 13, 2018

Southern Regional High School boys tennis team head coach Evan Brosniak is psyched for the 2018 season and so is his squad, for a very good reason.

“We have all returnees this season with experience, and hope that our experience translates to even more success than last year,” said Brosniak, experienced himself as he enters his ninth season as the Ram head coach, following three years at Bound Brook. “Everyone is positive and the coaching staff feels, as a program, we are moving in the right direction.

“Many (players) have prepared in the off-season and feel it will make a difference in the program moving forward. We hope to surprise many this year with our positive outlook with our upperclassmen.”

Yeah, there’s nothing like having experience, especially with your first singles player. Senior Tommy Franks certainly fills that bill.

“He has progressed very well and has prepared all year and will be in his third year at first singles,” said Brosniak. “He has been to the NJSIAA Singles Tournament two years in a row. I can’t explain in words how much it means to have a player at that singles position and be steady. Every program is looking for a player at the top who will steer the ship, so to speak, and making sure the team is going in the right direction.”

Other returning players include sophomore Eloin Dunwoody at second singles, senior Colton Little at third singles, senior Sean Distelcamp and junior Joseph Dunwoody at first doubles and seniors Burke Flynn and Anthony DelRio at second doubles.

The roster is filled out by seniors John Mollo, Manav Vakil and Jeff Wilkinson; juniors Jake Henderson, Michael Pukula, Dan Sullivan, Nichols Wilkinson and Danny Wohl; sophomores Andrew Beck, Billy Fence, Chris Marinelli and Matt Terhune; and freshmen Malakahai Marshall, Angelo Palumbni and Logan Van Liew.

Brosniak thinks his team could be a Top 10 contender, at least 9th or 10th, and can compete with any team in the A South Division or in Ocean County. But he doesn’t want to put any pressure on the boys, who went 7-11 in 2017.

“I’m not going to put any expectations on the team as far as a division title or anything like that. I tell our players that they have to come in every single day and work hard, and treat each match as if it’s their last. I want them to be a team. If any of our guys can push somebody else to the next level, do it. If you see somebody not doing what he’s supposed to be doing, call him out and get him back on track so it can benefit the team. We want everybody to be positive and take care of each other. And if they take care of all that stuff from the beginning, the outcome will take care of itself.”

— Rick Mellerup

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