HERSHEY - The Bedford Area High School doubles tandem of James Jeffries and Jack Bittner had a solid season and made plenty of memories in reaching the PIAA Class AA state tennis tournament this spring.
Although the Jeffries-Bittner team dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Brandywine Heights standouts Diego Pinyo and Bryce Pinkerton in Friday's opening round of states at the Hershey Racquet Club, the experience will be a plus in the long run, Bedford coach Mark Anderson said.
"James and Jack can be proud of their accomplishments,'' Anderson said. "This has been a great experience for the boys, and they represented Bedford and District 5 well. They got a great appreciation for the level of tennis down here. The Brandywine Heights [team] has a good chance to win the state title.''
Pinyo is arguably the top singles player in District 3 this year.
"Diego is the number one singles player in District 3, but he got upset in their district final,'' Anderson said. "He is definitely one of the best players here. We haven't seen that kind of play this year. These are kids who play tennis year-round.''
Bittner can build upon this year's experience and seek to go further in next spring's state tournament. Jeffries played in his final high school match.
"Our destination at the beginning of the year was to get kids to states, and we accomplished that,'' Anderson said.