Oneida boys leave mark on TVL for 15th year
15th consecutive season capped with a title
ONEIDA, N.Y. » Since 2004, the Oneida boys tennis program has been a model of success in TriValley League play.
It started with a run of fourstraight TVL Pioneer Divison titles from 2004-2007, during which Oneida went a collective 48-10. Oneida captured the overall TVL title in 2008 with a 13-1 re- cord. In 2009, Oneida head coach Todd Hicks’ side again claimed the TVL Pioneer, and then a year later in 2010 began another run.
Oneida won the first five overall TVL titles in this decade - from 2010-2014 - posting an overall record of 52-8. Twomore seasons of 12-2 records and the TVLWest titles followed before Oneida’s most recent outright TVL title in 2017.
Fourteen straight years of championships.
OnMonday, Oneida once again resumed its throne, blanking Central Valley Academy and Camden 7-0 to remain undefeated on the year and in league play. Now at 5-0 in league play and 10-0 on the season, Oneida is guaranteed the TVL Pioneer banner with sectional play beginning onMonday.
ForHicks, Oneida’s more recent success on the court stems from the past.
“You build a program that kids want to be a part of,” he
said. “We’ve had some really nice athletes that have brought more of their athlete friends.”
Throughout the course of the season, Oneida has won its league matches by a combined total of 33-2.
Hicks has a bevy of options on a deep and talented team, rotating players fromsingles to doubles without any ill effect.
Nine different athletes have found success in singles action for Oneida in 2018. Aidan Hicks, Ajay Hicks, Seth O’Connell, Jordan Farwell, James Rositer, Johnathan Locke, Drew Hicks, Kyle Fisher, and Josh Muirwood all have victories under their belts this season.
The pattern continues in doubles play.
Ten different Oneida duos were victorious on the season: Aidan and Ajay Hicks; Noah Savage and Drew Hicks; Johnathan Locke and Nolan Rush; Josh Muirhead and Nolan Rush; Jonathan Locke and Josh Muirhead; Scott Potter and Noah Savage; James Rositer and Kyle Fisher; Johnathan Locke and Jordan Farwell; James Rositer and Jordan Far- well; Kyle Fisher and Nolan Rush.
And while the overall TVL title is still up for grabs and sectional play set to begin on Monday, the future of the program appears bright. Hicks will return the majority of his team for next season.
“It’s nice to be able to rebuild and still come out and compete for a title,” he said.
Oneida’s Noah Savage lines up a return volley against Rome Free Academy on Wednesday, May 16.
Oneida’s Drew Hicks returns a serve during doubles play against Rome Free Academy in Oneida on Wednesday, May 16.
Oneida’s Scott Potter extends for a return during a boys tennis tilt against Rome Free Academy on Wednesday, May 16.