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Conant boys’ tennis keeps up hot start

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • Conant's boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season, defeating Prospect Mountain 7-2 at home on Monday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:53AM

The Conant boys tennis team continued its hot start to the season on Monday by defeating Prospect Mountain at home 7-2.

First-year head coach Anne Marie Osheyack said before the start of Monday’s matches that she had set a goal of winning about half of the games throughout the season, but many on the now 4-1 team now have set their sights on a higher goal. 

“I’m feeling confident that we can do well in the playoffs... and win states,” said junior Chris Newton. “We’re playing solid right now.”

Osheyack said that newcomer Sigmund Winiecki – a homeschooled ninth grader who has already become Conant’s top player – has injected a lot of excitement and skill into the team, allowing the other players on the team to match up against players of their skill level. 

“He’s fun to watch, I love watching [Sigmund] play… he’s poetry in motion,” said Osheyack. “Personality wise, he’s really meshed with the team.”

The comradery of the team has actually become its biggest strength, according to Osheyack, with the players meshing on and off the court. Osheyack said the team has a number of inside jokes involving video games and are constantly giving each other tips and pointers.  

“We get along great,” said Winiecki, who contributed to two of the team’s three shutouts on Monday, one in singles and one in a doubles match with teammate Connor Ahern. “We are winning and having a good time doing it.”

Osheyack said that Winiecki has also inspired his teammates to become better athletes, with some of lower seeded Orioles asking to play against him to learn how to play better. 

“We have at least three highly skilled players on this team, I’m blessed,” said Osheyack, who said many teams are lucky to have two. “They all want to get better. No one wants to be the kid who loses all the time.”

So far, the Orioles have only lost to one team this year: Gilford, winners of the past four state championships. The two teams battled it out in Conant’s first game of the season, with Gilford winning 5-4. 

“There’s been a lot of personal growth… Sigmund is far beyond all of us, but we’ve all been growing,” said Ahern, a junior. “Everyone has been really dedicated… we want to win.”

Despite losing to last year’s top team, the Orioles have shown that they can hang with the best talent in the division, taking down Bow – last year’s runner-up – five matches to four. 

“We have a solid lineup and a great coach,” said Evan Bennett, a sophomore. “[Our goal is to] get to states and win as a team.”

Conant’s next match will be played at home against Kearsarge (2-4) on Wednesday. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.