The good news is the East Hampton boys tennis team placed five players in the Suffolk County Individual Championships this weekend at Half Hollow Hills East High School. The bad news is the team’s path to its ultimate prize — a county team championship — will be more difficult than originally planned.
The Bonackers performed as expected, for the most part, in the Division IV Tournament at Shoreham/Wading River High School over the weekend, though rain delays tossed the schedule into disarray.
Jonny DeGroot, a senior at Bridgehampton and the team’s top singles player, faced Josh Kaplan from Westhampton Beach in a semifinal late on Sunday and lost, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. He went on to beat his teammate, Ravi MacGurn, on Tuesday to earn third place while Kaplan lost in the final to the tournament’s top seed, Michael Koscinski of Center Moriches.
Pierson freshman Luke Louchheim beat Trevor Hayes from Westhampton, 6-4, 6-0, to place fifth, though both players will advance to this weekend’s county tournament.
Pierson senior Alex Weseley and his doubles partner, Jaedon Glasstein, were the top-seeded team in the division tournament, but lost to the Kahn twins, Jacob and Xavier, from Southold, on Tuesday.
“It was a really tight match,” East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville said afterwards. “We won the first set and they won the last two 6-4, 6-4. The twins played really well.”
While the Bonackers turned their attention to this weekend’s county individual tournament, seedings were released for the team tournament, which will begin next week. East Hampton was awarded the fifth seed, meaning it will likely have to play a quarterfinal match on the road at Harborfields, which is the fourth seed.
“I thought we were going to be the three,” said McConville, whose team is seeded behind Half Hollow Hills East (1), Commack (2), Bay Shore (3) and Harborfields.
As things stand now, East Hampton will begin the team tournament on Wednesday, May 15, against the winner of No. 12 Miller Place and No. 21 Sayville at 4 p.m.