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Dragons’ lone all-star

Pellegrino: Warren’s lack of representation ‘borderline insulting’

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren senior Iris Kiehl was named a Region 2 all-star by the league’s coaches.

After one of the best seasons in program history, Warren’s District 10 2A finalist girls tennis team was represented on the Region 2 all-star team by its top singles player, senior Iris Kiehl.

In addition to being named a District 10 all-star by Erie Times-News, Kiehl was voted to the region’s second team by its coaches.

With 15 wins on the season, Kiehl was Warren’s first D10 singles semifinalist since 2000.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for Iris and well-deserved,” said Warren coach Thomas Pellegrino. “She has been a three-year starter and held it down for us at first singles for the last two seasons, and has become one of the top girls to ever come through the program. We could not be more proud of Iris and are very excited to see her continue her tennis career at the college level next fall.

“As for the rest of the region all-stars, we were a bit shocked when we saw the results, so I wanted to make a couple honorable mentions,” added Pellegrino, whose team finished with the winningest season in program history at 13-4. “Alannah Garza and Grace Carr, Warren’s second doubles pair that helped provide the Dragons with a 12-5 record; and Lucy Harrison, this year’s MVP and D10 singles quarterfinalist/D10 doubles semifinalist, didn’t make the list, but provided the Dragons with a 20-win season. Mary Gerace, D10 singles/doubles quarterfinalist, provided us with a 13-4 record at the No. 2 singles position this season and, although she had the exact same region record as one of the all-stars and had won both meetings against that player, she somehow didn’t make the list. The biggest surprise for us was when we didn’t see our top doubles pair of Izzy Heacox and Natasha Ferry on the region all-star list. These girls had the second-best overall region record after Cathedral Prep and again won both head-to-head match-ups over one of the pairs awarded. Izzy and Natasha not being awarded an all-star position is just borderline insulting.

“Unfortunately, the region all-stars do not take records into consideration and are just voted on amongst the coaches,” said Pellegrino. “With every school with the exception of Warren being from Erie, clearly the votes didn’t go in our favor regardless of our region records and head-to-head matchups. These girls know what they accomplished and helped provide the Dragons with one of the best seasons in program history, and we are extremely proud of them and the season they had.”

REGION 2 ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM

Singles

Anna Poranski — Cathedral Prep — 12

Vivian Liu — Fairview — 10

Finleigh Hindzel — Cathedral Prep — 10

Enisa Siljkovic — Erie — 12

Doubles

Cathedral Prep: Sophia Glance (11), Margaret Prichard (11)

Cathedral Prep: Lilli Beuchert (11), Sofia Falvo (12)

SECOND TEAM

Singles

Hannah Nichols — Fairview — 11

Paige Patsy — Cathedral Prep — 9

Iris Kiehl — Warren — 12

Doubles

Fairview: Delaney Gehrlein (11), Reagan Gehrlein (10)

Fairview: Allie Mahoney (12), Emiko Munekata (9)

Region champion — Cathedral Prep

Region player of the year — Vivian Liu, Fairview

The all-region teams and the region players of the year are based on voting by the coaches.

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