June 17, 2014 12:57AM
By MATT BEZUYEN
Sun Staff Writer
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High’s boys’ tennis team was well-represented when all-league selections were announced with all four singles players, as well as a doubles team, receiving an honor.
Will Masse made first team All-Division II-Suburban A while Jason Darmanin, Nick Wollenberg and Joe Westerberg each made the second team. Six singles players were named to the first team and eight named to the second team.
Chariho was one of only two schools in the state to get all four of its singles players first or second team all-league recognition, according to Charger coach Ryan Rafanelli.
“The only other team to have all four of its singles player make it was Smithfield in Division I Met B,” Rafanelli said. “I was very happy about that. Going in there I knew we had a shot, but I was surprised when we compared records with the rest of the division. I was very impressed with my guys.”
It wasn’t just singles play getting Chariho noticed when all-league honors were picked. Joining Masse as a first team All-Division II-Suburban A selection was Chariho’s No. 1 doubles team of Nick Lecours and Chandler Scott.
Masse, a senior who makes his second consecutive first- team appearance, went 11-6 as the No. 1 player. Masse won two matches in the Division II qualifier, reaching the main draw of the state individual tournament.
“Will was a very consistent player and he was always in it to win it. He’s very motivated and he has a high caliber of skills and he worked his tail off every day whether it was a match or practice. He just has a great attitude,” Rafanelli said.
Rafanelli said Masse plans on walking on the Salve Regina team next year and the Chargers’ coach said he has a shot of sticking with a college team.
“He’s already like a college player. He’s very skilled for someone who hasn’t played the game as long as some other people. He’s like a backboard and he can get to anything and return anything. He has some power and can put some pace on the ball with some placement,” Rafanelli said.
Lecours and Scott are both juniors and returned for their second straight season as Chariho’s No. 1 team and a second consecutive season as first team all-leaguers. Three doubles teams named to the first team.
“They are two great kids and have great personalties. They have something a lot of doubles team, especially in high school, don’t have and that’s chemistry,” Rafanelli said.
Lecours and Scott posted an 11-4 record in 2014 and qualified for the main draw of the state doubles tournament.
“Chandler is more of a power hitter and Nick is more of a finesse player who can place the ball. They are able to mix power and finesse and have variety that a lot of doubles teams they played don’t have,” Rafanelli said.
Darmanin just missed making first team, according to Rafanelli, and was the top-ranked singles player on the second team. The junior, who figures to be the Chargers’ No. 1 next season, went 11-4 with all but one match coming in the second singles spot.
A year ago Darmanin played primarily in the fourth singles position and earned Chariho’s sportsmanship award. Rafanelli said the junior has great endurance and can steal points from power players.
Wollenberg played all but two matches at third singles and posted an 8-6 record. Rafanelli said Wollenberg’s greatest asset is his ability to adapt to his opponent’s game. The second team All-Division II Suburban-A honor is the first postseason honor for Wollenberg, who was in Chariho’s singles lineup all four years of his career.
Westerberg went undefeated in league matches and posted a 12-1 mark for the season, his first and only season of high school tennis. Rafanelli said Westerberg is a big, power player who can get to a lot of shots.
Chariho’s sportsmanship award went to Riley Masse, a sophomore.
The Chargers went 10-4 overall and 9-3 in league matches. Chariho advanced to the semifinal round of the D-II tournament before falling to Mt. St. Charles.
Senior Mitch Renner was the only Charger receiving all-league honors, making the Division III second team.
Renner led Chariho in both goals and assists with 26 goals and 12 assists. It marked the second straight season Renner led his team in goals, assists and total scoring after finishing with 16 goals and seven assists in 2013.
Renner is the first player in the two years Chariho has been playing boys’ lacrosse to make an all-league team.
Renner’s five-goal performance against Warwick Vets on April 29 led the Chargers to an 8-7 overtime win, the program’s first victory.
Chariho had three players make the Academic All-League team in junior James Rooney, sophomore Ben Hubertus and junior Pat Langlois.
Chariho posted a 3-10 record in Division III play, finishing the season 3-3 in its last six games.