Lakeview’s Teffner is top seed again

CORTLAND – The last thing Zach Teffer wants to do is lose, but he’ll never let his opponent see his displeasure.

“He has learned through tennis that you do not want to let your opponent know that anything bothers you,” Lakeview tennis coach Stephanie Hickey said. “That gives your opponent an edge.

“He’s very competitive. Even when we are at practice and we’re doing drills, I have him do competitive drills. He hates to lose. He doesn’t even want to lose the drills that we’re doing. He’s a very competitive person, but he has controlled his emotions on the court, which has benefited his game tremendously.”

Teffer takes the area’s best record, 13-1, into Wednesday’s Division II boys tennis sectional at Boardman High School, starting at 8:15 a.m. The doubles action starts at 8:45 a.m., at Struthers High School.

John F. Kennedy’s Zach Shoaf and John LaPolla, the No. 3 doubles team, are the only other Trumbull County seeded players.

Teffner is the No. 1 seed in this tournament for the second straight season.

“I think his experience last year dealing with the No. 1 seed as well as he did last year will help him in this tournament,” Hickey said. “As far as him winning the sectional tournament, last year being the first player to win the sectional tournament at Lakeview in singles was quite an accomplishment.

“If we can do it again, that would be great for our program.”

Teffner isn’t taking anything for granted.

“Anything could happen, but I’d like to see what happened last year – being the same,” he said.

Teffner’s only loss is a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 decision to Canfield’s Timmy Cianciola, who is on the No. 2 doubles team in the Division I Canton Sectional with Alfredo Almonya.

Teffner has been to the district level as a doubles player as well. He advanced to state last season and has his eye on it this year as well.

“I think that’s his main goal, but I think he can look back on his high school career and see how successful he has been,” Hickey said.

“If I play like I have been so far this season, I really like my chances,” Teffner said.

Hickey said she’ll help guide him to that goal.

“I guess that’s going to be my job, to keep him on the right track to make sure everything he needs to do and wants to accomplish is going to be there,” she said. “Any adversity he may have at this tournament or this postseason, I’m the one who’s going to have to be there making sure he keeps everything in check. We’ve worked together for four years. It’s been very rewarding, and I want to see him succeed.”

Frankly, all Teffner wants to do is win.

“My goal is to win every time I go out there,” he said.