Two wins keep WAC title hopes alive
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Apr 17, 2013 | 931 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson High boys tennis team is taking its bid to win a Western Athletic Conference championship down to the wire with two victories in the past week.

The Tigers improved their second-place WAC record to 9-1 and kept themselves in contention for the title heading into their last two league matches Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18.

“We’ve really stuck together this season as a team,” said Patterson coach Buzzy Wheeland. “We’ve got our top two athletes playing consistently, but we’re also getting contributions from everyone else on the roster.”

Two things are required for the Tigers to claim their first league crown since 2005.

First, Patterson had to take care of business Wednesday by winning its contest against Pacheco High of Los Banos, a match played before press time.

Second, the team must beat Ceres High — in first place with a 10-0 league record —at 3 p.m. Thursday in Ceres. Wins in its final two league matches would guarantee Patterson at least a share in the title.

“We have some real competitors on this team. But we’re also having fun,” Wheeland said. “When the players come off the court after a win and I see the smiles on their faces, that’s what it’s all about.”

Patterson 7, Los Banos 2

Patterson celebrated Senior Day with a victory against Los Banos on Thursday, April 11, at Patterson High.

Patterson players won four of the six singles matches and swept doubles play.

“We all pull for one another and we fight until we get that win,” Wheeland said. “The athletes are all playing well and have made big improvements from the start of the season.”

At No. 1 singles, Sterling Ramirez gave the Tigers a 6-2, 6-0 win against J.T. Barcellos. Of his 10 WAC matches, Ramirez has won nine in straight sets.

John Minton bested Clarke Monroe 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Minton is undefeated in individual league matches this season.

Francisco Lagarde followed with a straight-set win over Josh Carlucci at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3.

Dylan Halland earned a No. 5 singles victory over Elias Navarro of Los Banos in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Uriah Smith and Matt Valverde were three-set winners at No. 1 doubles, besting Tyler Cicairos and Keith Turner 10-8, 3-6, 6-4.

Damarrio Hammonds and Daniel Cota beat Angel Rios and Jacob Manriquez 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Joey Howard and Jorge Canales were three-set winners at No. 3 doubles, topping Javier Moreno and Drew Lewis 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Seven Tiger seniors were honored after the match: Ramirez, Minton, Smith, Howard, Canales, John Brouse and Ricky Carballo.

Patterson 5, Central Catholic 4

On April 10, Patterson won four of six singles matches and one of three doubles matches against Central Catholic.

At No. 1 singles, the Tigers gained a 6-3, 6-0 win as Ramirez defeated Garrett Ardis.

Minton bested Daniel Bocks 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Halland followed with a three-set win over Chris Huber, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.

Carballo earned a No. 6 singles victory over Michael Steward in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

Hammonds and Cota, the No. 2 pair, added the Tigers’ final win of the match.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or

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