Oneida boys leave mark on TVL for 15th year

15th con­sec­u­tive sea­son capped with a ti­tle

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com @dis­patch­brewer on Twit­ter

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.

JOHN BREWER - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida’s Noah Sav­age lines up a re­turn vol­ley against Rome Free Academy on Wed­nes­day, May 16.

JOHN BREWER - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida’s Drew Hicks re­turns a serve dur­ing dou­bles play against Rome Free Academy in Oneida on Wed­nes­day, May 16.

JOHN BREWER - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida’s Scott Potter ex­tends for a re­turn dur­ing a boys ten­nis tilt against Rome Free Academy on Wed­nes­day, May 16.

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