Inexperience dots Barker’s tennis lineup

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 March 2019 at 4:36 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Veteran members of the Barker tennis squad include Paige Sandolfini, Wesley Harris and Kathryn Donner.

A small veteran group will lead the way this season for the Barker tennis team which has Jeff Pyskaty returning to the Raiders coaching helm after an absence of several years.

Seniors Paige Sandolfini and Kathyrn Donner along with junior Wesley Harris lead Barker’s otherwise underclassmen squad.

Junior David Newton and sophomore Keith Robinson head that youthful  group which also includes juniors Sandra Bautista-Lopez, Giorgio Lignola, Emma Wasnock and Jacob Weller; sophomores Joseph Cantella, Nicholas Cassell, Faith Giarla, Ella Gooding, Thomas Jowdy, Samantha Mace, Carla Stoloski and Hannah Westlake along with freshmen Emily Oliveira and Raymond Zapata.

“We’re working on the basic skills and techniques,” said Pyskaty. “We want them to have fun and gain a love for the game which is a lifetime sport.”

The Raiders are slated to open the Niagara-Orleans League season at Medina on Wednesday.

(Matches at 4 p.m. unless noted)
April: 3 – at Medina, 4 – Akron, 4:30 p.m., 8 – at Wilson, 9 – Albion, 15 – at Newfane, 17 – Roy-Hart, 18 – Medina, 4:30 p.m., 29 – at Akron.
May: 1 – Wilson, 6 – at Albion, 8 – Newfane, 9 – Roy-Hart, 15 and 16 All-League Doubles Tournament at Roy-Hart.