Experience boosts Panthers’ outlook

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


GABE BINVERSIE (left) and younger brother, Gavin, return this season as the No. 1 doubles team for the Plymouth boys tennis team. The Binversie duo earned a fifth-place D-2 state medal last year. – Review file photo GABE BINVERSIE (left) and younger brother, Gavin, return this season as the No. 1 doubles team for the Plymouth boys tennis team. The Binversie duo earned a fifth-place D-2 state medal last year. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH – Armed with a lot of experience, the Plymouth Panthers will be looking to build on last year’s successful boys tennis season.

PHS returns seven letter winners, all who started on the varsity last season. The group is headed by 2015 state qualifiers Matt Primozic, and Gabe Binversie and younger brother, Gavin. Primozic returns in his No. 1 singles role while the Binversies will hold down the No. 1 doubles position again.

The Panthers finished second in the EWC race and were 7-1 in league duals (7-6 overall) last year. PHS placed fourth in Division 2 subsectional and sectional action.

The Binversie duo earned a fifthplace medal in last year’s D-2 state meet and finished 22-8 on the season. It’s believed that the finish is the highest ever for a PHS boys flight at state. Gabe, a senior, and Gavin, a junior, were named to the 2015 All- Eastern Wisconsin Conference first team at No. 1 doubles.

The Binversies were also state doubles competitors in 2014. Primozic, a senior, tied for seventh in the state singles competition last year. He was a state singles player as a sophomore as well.

Primozic finished 20-6 last season and was an All-EWC secondteam player at No. 1 singles.

The other returning starters, including their positions this season, are senior Anghelo Gangano (No. 2 singles), senior Eric Novak (No. 3 singles), junior Lex Eggert (No. 4 singles) and senior Ben Pierce (No. 2 doubles). Eggert was an All-EWC first-team No. 4 singles player last year.

“With a senior-dominated varsity squad with returning state qualifiers in singles and doubles, the outlook for this season’s team is very good,” said new Panther head coach Scott Milslagle who replaced Clare Sedlacek.

“Our team goals are to win the conference title and return players to the state tournament.”

Milslagle said the team’s strengths are experience, depth at singles and good numbers for the junior varsity team. He said the undecided position now is at No. 3 doubles.

“We are working on getting a No. 3 doubles team for varsity. There are plenty of candidates as of this point,” he said.

“We’re very deep and experienced. The only new players will be at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.”

Among the newcomers, Milslagle has been impressed with senior Timo Beltran.

“Timo is an exchange student from Argentina who shows a good grasp of the tennis fundamentals and has a strong desire to succeed and make the team stronger,” the coach noted.

The coach said the keys for the team to be successful are the health of the top returning players, and consistent play from the Nos. 2-4 singles and Nos. 2-3 doubles teams.

Milslagle said his other top goal is to develop the JV team to the point where they can feel comfortable stepping into the varsity next season without hesitation.

Previewing the conference race, Milslagle commented, “Since I am a first-year coach, I have little knowledge of the conference. From what I have been told, we should have a good chance [of finishing first] as well as Kohler and [Manitowoc] Roncalli.”

Kohler is the defending EWC champion. Last season, The Blue Bombers edged PHS, 41-40, in the final EWC team standings (each individual match win during the EWC dual season counted as one point). The Panthers edged Kohler, 4-3, in dual play.


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