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Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — A year after posting a 7-3 record, possibly the best in program history, with seven under classmen in the starting line-up, second-year Waverly coach Ron Chamberlain is looking to begin play in the STAC with a bunch of new faces as the 2024 season gets underway.

Five of last year’s starters did not come out for the team this year for various reasons, so Chamberlain is turning to grads from the junior high team, as well as newcomers, and one returning to the team after a year off.

“We have a young team this year,” said Chamberlain.

“They are learning, and improving daily, focusing on serving, groundstrokes, and basic strategies of the game,” he noted. “It’s going to be a fun season because what some of them may lack in experience is leading to them soaking in as much as possible and pushing themselves to improve every practice.

“I am very happy with their progress and determination,” he added.

Waverly is in the Class C East Division of the STAC, which plays seven matches (four singles and three doubles), as opposed to five (three singles and two doubles) in the IAC.

Waverly’s veterans —  junior Paxton Grover, and senior Hayden Larson — will be the first and second singles this season, while junior Teigan Allen, who played two years ago, is third singles, and senior newcomer Aro Girth is fourth singles.

Freshmen Ava Heath and Magenna Stanton comprise the first doubles, while sophomore Nathan McEwen and junior Savannah Savercool will play second doubles, and  freshmen Carsyn Sinsabaugh and Kagen Wilson will play third doubles.

Waverly opens the 2024 season this afternoon at Chenango Valley.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Paxton Grover. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly’s Hayden Larson. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.

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