BEAVER FALLS Beaver River girls tennis players Abigail Cornell and Andrea Peters were one win away from earning a trip to the state doubles tournament last year. The pair has only one goal in mind for the upcoming 2012 season.
We want to get to states, said Peters, who is a junior.
Their coach, Bob Bosco, shares the duos lofty expectations.
I want them to go one step further, he said.
Cornell and Peters finished second in the Section 3 Division IV tournament before losing to Elizabeth Buckley and Allison Jones of Utica-Notre Dame in the championship 6-3, 7-6.
The two played together off-and-on in 2009 before Peters played with Cornells older sister, Olivia, in 2010. Last season the duo was instrumental in the Beavers undefeated season that earned them a 15-0 record and the programs first Section 3 championship in Class C.
Peters and Cornells familiarity with one another often comes out when they play together.
We are so used to playing with each other, Cornell said. We often yell to each other to get the ball, but sometimes we dont have to.
Cornell, a senior, also credits her partner with helping improve her play.
Just being her partner has helped, Cornell said. She has really helped my confidence.
The two also credit Bosco, who is entering his 19th season as coach of the program.
A different coach wouldnt have gotten us this far, Cornell said. Hes unbelievable.
He pushes us past our maximum, Peters said.
Bosco said the team puts in a lot of effort to be successful.
They practice for three-and-a- half hours, he said. They are always playing together in the summer.
While they are one of the best teams in the section, Bosco is going to separate the pair for certain games in order to spread the talent out.
We are going to split them up a few times this year, he said. They only have to play together four times in order to qualify as a doubles team for the sectional tournament.
Beaver River graduated five seniors, including top singles player Amy Wormwood from the team that hasnt lost a Frontier League match since 2009. The plan is to have Peters in the second singles slot in certain matches and Cornell playing doubles and some singles matches. Even though the duo may not be together as much as last year, the pair still will look out for each other.
Playing second singles has me a lot nervous, Peters. said (Cornell) picks me up. Even seeing her a couple of courts down, it will still be good to see her.
The defending B Division champions start their season today on the road against A Division champion Carthage at 4 p.m. Peters said playing at Carthage is a treat.
Its always tough to play there, but its fun, she said.
Here is a look at all the Frontier League teams:
Outlook: Sue Gallagher returns to the helm as Carthage will look to repeat as division champions. Hannah Millich will lead the Comets this season. Watertown was a solid second place last year and will want to improve upon that. South Jefferson will boast a young, but exciting team. Immaculate Heart has a young squad, and little depth after losing top singles player Harpreet Aujla. Indian River has experience with seven players returning including Gabby Belles.
Coach: Sue Gallagher (5th year)
2011 record: 11-4, 11-3
Roster: Leighann Booth (Sr.), Taylour Campbell (Jr.), Morgan Egeberg (Sr.), Kushon Khan (Sr.), Emily Lutje (Jr.), Hannah Millich (Jr.), Sheniah Mono (Jr.), Meghan Paige (So.), Elizabeth Perry (Fr.), Stephanie Scott (So.), Jacqueline Williams (Fr.), Sierra Williams (Jr.
Coach: Rick Snow (3rd year)
2011 record: 5-8
Roster: Megan Goss (Jr.), Elena Alteri (So.), Jasmeet Aujla (So.), Jody White (So.), Emma Renzi (So.), Michelle Snow (Fr.), Delaney Gonas (8th), Addie McManimon (Fr.).
Indian River Warriors
Coach: Patricia Gorman (5th year)
2011 Record: 0-11
Roster: Danielle Moreno (Sr.), Shayla Thomas (Sr.), Caylin Blankenship (Sr.), Danielle Adams (Jr.), Erinn Conlin (Jr.), Emily Elcsisin (Jr.), Desiree Smith (Jr.), Ashley Dobmeier (Jr.), Jessica Varin (Jr.), Madison Skinner (Jr.), Gabby Belles (So.), Emma Bonk (So.), Kiera Cornelius (So.), Lauren Oh (So.), Megan Shimkus (So.), Kyi Sterling (So.), Shannon Taylor (So.)
South Jefferson Spartans
Coach: Sarah Goodenbery (11th year)
2011 record: 6-6
Roster:Amber Burger, Annabel Fair (Jr.), Jenna Hazen, Kelsey Lomber. Elisabeth Roberts, Zoey Smith (Sr.), Whitney Thomas, Paige Vaadi, Jordyn Williams (Jr.).
Coach: Brian Morrison (8th year)
2011 record: 7-5
Roster: Tian Chen (Sr.), Kendra Benware (Jr.), Kendra Slating (Jr.), Kelsey Hunt (Jr.), Alexandra Smith (Jr.), Michaela Castillo (So.), Sarah Denardo (So.), Taylor McKinney (So.), Brooklyn Montgomery (So.), Rachel Smith (So.), Alexandra Davidson (Fr.), Yanna Hiotis (Fr.).
Outlook: Beaver River will be hard-pressed to repeated their Section 3 Class C title-winning season after losing many players to graduation. Kirsten Dziekan will take over the first singles slot. Alexandria will look to repeat its sectional semifinals appearance with a much younger team. The Purple Ghosts lost their top three singles players. Copenhagen will look to make a return trip to secionals. The Golden Knights have seniors Rachel Muncy, Erika Eddy and Sydney OShaughnessy. Lowville will miss sectional champion Julia Guignard as it tries to improve on last year. General Brown returns eight players from last years team and looks to be much improved.
Alexandria Purple Ghosts
Coach: Terry Satterley (12th year)
2011 record: 9-5, 8-5
Roster: Jennifer Robbins (Sr.), Gabrielle Slate (Sr.), Samantha Schnell (Jr.), Nicole Pearce (Jr.), Emily Cullen (So.), Molly Russell (So.), Alysa Tuttle (7th), Shelby Dickhaut (7th).
Beaver River Beavers
Coach: Bob Bosco (19th year)
2011 record: 15-0, 13-0
Roster: Kirsten Dziekan (Sr.), Abigail Cornell (Sr.), Andrea Peters (Jr.), Courtney Brown (Jr.), Jordan Hulbert (So.), Taylor Kieffer (So.), Kylie Lyndaker (Fr.), Vanessa Forney (8th), Camille Ledoux (8th), Raven Lee (8th), Marissa Perretta (8th), Emma Tabolt (8th), Lesley Aucter (7th), Kaydence Hoppel (7th), Jessie Landis (7th), Jennifer McBain (7th), Erin Murphy (7th), Shayleigh Proulx (7th), Tabitha Tabolt (7th), Samantha Widrick (7th).
Copenhagen Golden Knights
Coach: Juli Hebert (2nd year)
2011 record: 8-6, 8-5
Roster: Erika Eddy (Sr.), Sydney OShaughnessy (Sr.), Rachel Muncy (Sr.), Kelsey Pitts (Jr.), Marinda Allen (Jr.), Emily Griffin (So.), Tessa Tanner (So.), Nicole Tanner (Fr.), Cassie Mono (Fr.), Alex Veihl (Fr.), Jayden Waugh (7th).
General Brown Lions
Coach: Will Covey (3rd year)
2011 record: 1-8
Roster: Amanda Brouty (Jr.), Jacqueline Brouty (Jr.), Cheyenne Seery (Jr.), Hallie Sherburne (Jr.), Jill Primicias (Jr.), Keara MacNeil (Jr.), Alexis Velasquez (Jr.), Sydney Warmington (Jr.), Rachel Martin (8th), Madeline Sheen (8th).
Lowville Red Raders
Coach: Jim Rhodes (14th year)
2011 record: 3-10
Roster: Taylor Mooney (Sr.), Jessica Fuller (Jr.), Courtney Lehman (Jr.), Jasmine Roggie (Jr.), Ashley Willets (Jr.), Jolene Plato (So.), Ellen Farney (So.), Ashley Stocking (So.).