SCL boys tennis: Wight wins in all-Analy tournament final


Analy coach Rick Passero remained neutral as he watched the SCL championship singles match Friday afternoon at Santa Rosa JC.

All he did was sit in the stands and smile as two of his players — Nick Wight and Aidan Toner-Rodgers — played for the trophy and the right to represent the league in next weekend’s North Coast Section tournament. After top-seed Wight finished off unseeded Toner-Rodgers, 6-2, 6-2, the coach hugged both players.

“First time in my 13 years coaching the boys team that Analy had both players in the championship,” Passero said. “It was a great feeling knowing from the start of the match that a player from Analy was going to win the title.”

Wight and Toner-Rodgers came into the match knowing each other’s game.

“We hit every day in practice,” Wight said. “There were no secrets.”

Wight was ready for his opponent’s spin shots and he wasn’t he fooled as Toner-Rodgers tried to move him around the court.

“This was the best I’ve played all year,” he said. “I was using my legs and did a better job of constructing shots than I usually do.”

Wight, who is a junior, lost in the opening round of last year’s league singles tournament.

“The change in Nick in one year has been phenomenal,” Passero said. “The way he’s mentally progressed and his understanding of the game has been fun to watch.

“Last year, he was a boy and now he’s a young man. As his play has improved, his demeanor has been nothing but positive. He’s the team leader and a model for the younger guys.”

Like Wight, Toner-Rodgers will be back next season. He’s only a freshman.

“I was happy to get to the championship,” he said. “I knew it would be difficult playing Nick. He’s got good strokes and is consistent. I see it everyday in practice.”

The league doubles champions were also crowned Friday and taking the title were the El Molino team of Casey Bauer and Arlo David.

They defeated Sonoma Valley’s James McKale and Sam Sondheim 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

The Lions were unseeded when the tournament began Thursday, but it didn’t take long for them to gain confidence.

“A Petaluma team was the top seed and we beat them in the opening round,” David said. “We both played singles during the season and switched to doubles for the tournament.”

Like Wight, Bauer and David earned an invitation to the NCS next Friday and Saturday at Santa Rosa High.

“We played together a couple of times this week and each time we improved,” Bauer said. “We communicate well and our focus is good. We’re having a good time.”


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