Mid ’70’s was Albion’s Golden Era for tennis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 April 2020 at 9:24 am

Contributed Photo – Kevin Quarantello

Putting together a memorable five year unbeaten streak, Albion ruled the Niagara-Orleans League tennis courts during the mid 1970s.

From 1973 to 1977 the Purple Eagles captured five straight N-O championships going 56-0 during that stretch.

Albion went 10-0 in both 1973 and 1974 and then 12-0 in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Taking turns leading Albion at the key first singles position during that reign were Kevin Quarantello, Sandy Church and Dave Shelp.

In addition to leading Albion in N-O competition, Quarantello also captured Section VI singles titles in both 1974 and 1975.

The 1974 sectionals also saw the Purple Eagles duo of Mark Murphy and Dave Lafferty capture a doubles championship.

Jim Dollinger, Tom Anderson, Mike Engle and Steve Brandt were also among the players who took turns manning the Purple Eagles singles positions during that title reign.