Aug. 24—SCRANTON — During a stellar playing career, Kendra Croker had some memorable victories on the Scranton Prep tennis courts.
On Wednesday, she earned her first as a coach for the Classics.
In Scranton Prep's opener, Croker's team delivered a 5-0 win over West Scranton in a Lackawanna League match.
"I am so excited," Croker said. "I think I am more excited than I was when I was a player. It is a new chapter in my life. All of the girls are great, and it is awesome to be their coach."
Croker, a former District 2 Class 2A champion and All-Region athlete, took over as the new mentor of the Classics following the retirement of Kathleen McKenna.
Scranton Prep is the defending league and District 2 Class 2A team champion and boasts a rich winning tradition.
The lineup performed as Alyssa Wigley, Lily Lengyl, and Emma Cuck swept the singles matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. The doubles teams of Ella Cohen-Grace Devine and Hannah LaCoe-Nicole Kranovich also earned wins in straight sets.
"I think it is totally different being a coach as opposed to a player," Croker said. "It's nice to be able to watch all of the matches and see what we are implementing in practice work for them. We try to learn two or three things in practice that we try to put into play, and I saw a lot of that in the doubles matches, so I am very happy about that."
In her first regular-season match, Wigley, last season's Times-Tribune Player of the Year, looked impressive.
She displayed a full arsenal of cross-court winners, carefully placed drop shots, and her signature power serve to start with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Celia Emiliani.
Wigley is coming off a sophomore season that saw her post a record of 22-1, with her only loss coming against Wyoming Seminary's Ilana Rosenthal, who won the PIAA Class 2A championship. She improved her career record to 38-2.
"The start of the season is always amazing," Wigley said. "I love getting back into the atmosphere of having everyone here. We have our new lineup set, and I think everyone played amazing. Our doubles did a great job. We had fun, and we all played very well, and it was a great first day."
Elsewhere, Abington Heights defeated Scranton, 5-0.
Abington Heights' Susan Arp defeated Scranton's Maia Philbin, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in a matchup between two All-Region players from last year at No. 1 singles.
Montrose earned its first win of the season. Freshman Cara Evans, Paley Adams and Jessica Carey earned wins in straight sets.
Evans was a love-set winner in a 4-1 nonleague loss at Towanda on Tuesday.
Valley View posted a 4-1 win at North Pocono as Sarah Sweeney and Ella Swingle notched wins at No. 2 and 3 singles to pave the way for the Cougars.
At Penn State Scranton, Olivia Brzozowski, Abby Mackey and Lismarie Mercado breezed to singles victories as Mid Valley topped Riverside, 4-1.
Scranton Prep 5, West Scranton 0
Singles: Alyssa Wigley over Celia Emiliani, 6-0, 6-0; Lily Lengyl over Katie Fahey, 6-0, 6-0; Emma Cuck over Kat Barnansky, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Ella Cohen-Grace Devine over Nora Frounfelker-Julia Farklay, 6-1, 6-1; Hannah LaCoe-Nicole Kranovich over Nina Emiliani-Alyssa Beavaus, 6-4, 6-0.
Records: SP 1-0, WS 1-1.
Abington Heights 5, Scranton 0
Singles: Susan Arp over Maia Philbin, 6-2, 7-6 (3); Leelah Farrell over Tejshree Patel, 6-0, 6-1; Sona Hanumali over Jordan Elliott, 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: Mary Booth-Amishi Amit over Caroline Cobley-Diya Patel, 6-1, 6-1; Bernie Mullin-Neveah Vendell over Bhakti Patel-Dirya Patel, 6-0, 6-0.
Records: AH 2-0, SCR 1-1.
Montrose 3, Dunmore 2
Singles: Cara Evans (M) over Brynn Kochis, 6-0, 6-0; Paley Adams (M) over Ava Ferraro, 6-1, 6-3; Jessica Carey (M) over Krithika Krishnan, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles: Loren Spudic-Maggie Jimmie (D) over Gelina Smith-Lydia Sinkovich, 6-3, 7-6 (4); Sasha Novak-Mia Novak (D) over Harleigh Smith-Breanna Marcy, 6-4, 6-2.
Records: MON 1-1, DUN 0-2.
Valley View 4, North Pocono 1
Singles: Nora Pencek (NP) over Avianna Santarelli, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; Sarah Sweeney (VV) over Ava Hannon, 6-1, 6-1; Ella Swingle (VV) over Natalie Pagotto, 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles: Tessa Stafursky-Ally Stafursky (VV) over Morgan Carr-Natasha Treitz, 6-3, 6-0; Emily Maglio-Emma Wood (VV) over Ella Jardine-Kara Erickson, 6-0, 6-1.
Records: VV 1-1, NP 1-1.
Mid Valley 4, Riverside 1
Singles: Olivia Brzozowski (MV) over Leah Pfeiffer, 6-1, 7-5; Abby Mackey (MV) over Anavi Nieves, 6-0, 6-3; Lismarie Mercado (MV) over Anna Lima, 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: Natalie Hricenak-Marie Siwinski (MV) over Brisa Castillo-Mia Scotti, 6-1, 6-4; Jessdaly Torres-Sarah McCullon (R) over Carolyn Chakiris-Mackenzie Adolfson, 6-3, 6-4.
Records: MV 1-1, RIV 1-1.
Towanda 4, Montrose 1
Singles: Cara Evans (M) over Lainey Alderfer, 6-0, 6-0; Jocelyn Stroud (T) over Paley Adams, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9; Katie Calaman over Gelina Smith, 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles: Alyse Bass-Rayne Roberts (T) over Breanna Marcy-Lydia Sinkovich, 6-0, 6-4; Nadia Alderfer-Maddy Blanchard (T) by forfeit.
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