Lineberry sets early school record
Mingus Union boys doubles tennis team undefeated
Alex Lineberry, last year's Grand Canyon Regional Singles Champion, began his bid for a second straight title by winning an unbelievable 20 straight games in his first two matches. He won 8-0 against Greenway and 12-0 against Paradise Valley.
Also very impressive, Lineberry has teamed up with Houston Sauer to win both their doubles matches 8-0, 8-1.
Paul Paradise is also undefeated with two wins in singles and two in doubles. Bobby Lee, Tanner Walz, Houston Sauer and Andrew Hickey each have one win and one loss (in singles).
Carrying on the great tradition of 'Doubles Winners' at Mingus, the Marauders are undefeated against both Greenway and Paradise Valley. Last year Mingus swept the doubles against state champion Notre Dame and against Arcadia in the semifinals.
"The boys work hard in practice and have a lot of confidence," said coach Jeff Knight.
In team play so far this year, Mingus beat Greenway 6-3 at home and Paradise Valley 8-1 on the road.
While Lineberry tears up the competition and Paradise is stepping up nicely to the No. 2 spot (moving up from No. 4 last year), there are also four nice surprises to this year's team, helping to bridge the gap of losing four seniors from last year's top three state finishes (in singles, doubles and team).
Seniors Tanner Walz and Houston Sauer bring great athletic talent to the game of tennis. Along with a will to win, they give Mingus a chance to win every team match.
Bobby Lee and Andrew Hickey are also new to the varsity squad. Lee is playing well and sports a 'rocket-like' serve. He is in attack mode the entire match. Hickey, a freshman, is a significant addition to the team.
"He is very athletic and has very impressive technique," said coach Knight. "Mingus hasn't had a freshman make varsity since Brian Thieme did it five years ago."
There are probably 10 schools that have a shot at the State Title this year with Notre Dame and Bradshaw Mountain the early favorites.
"Mingus will have to improve more to be in the running, but the boys have shown a great work ethic and positive attitudes in practice," said coach Knight. "Alex and Paul are a great help with the team's improvement, working individually with the other players. Local resident and former college standout, Gary Sauer, is also fine-tuning the boy's skills and making a big difference."
Next week, Mingus plays Notre Dame in Northeast Scottsdale and will give the Marauders a good idea of where they stand at this point in the season.
The JV team is shaping up well also. Led by Travis Duwynie, Tyrus Kirby, Mikey Potorff, Kaze Lin, Logan Kitchen and Jordan Westover, Andrew Le and Scott King the future looks good for Mingus.