High school boys tennis: Freedom’s Potts and Becahi’s Gruber are The Morning Call Players of the Year

On any given night throughout the year, Freedom’s Noah Potts and Bethlehem Catholic’s Curtis Gruber can be found hitting around together at Northwood Racquet Club.

The two are dedicated to their sport and have made one another better throughout their youth.

However, once the spring season hits, Potts and Gruber have become adversaries and that’s when the tension kicks in.

The aggressive baseline style from Potts and the fast, athletic play from Gruber makes for an entertaining match. The Patriot and Golden Hawk split head-to-head matches this past spring, and both went on to win District 11 titles (Potts in 3A and Gruber in 2A).

After memorable seasons, Potts and Gruber are The Morning Call Boys Tennis Players of the Year.

“I think for a long time, Curt maintained the edge, but now I think it’s a two-way street,” Freedom head coach Matt Potts said. “I think one of the cool things is they were getting up at 5 a.m. this year to hit together at Northwood. Not every player has the opportunity to train with a high level player, but Noah and Curt do.”

Outside of their losses to each other, both did drop one other match within the EPC. Gruber lost an in-season bout to Quinn Erk of Emmaus, while Potts dropped his EPC tournament semifinal to Liberty’s Anthony Ronca.

Both would respond to those losses in big ways, resulting in district gold.

“I think [Gruber] felt confident right from the beginning to win a district singles title. He made huge improvements because of the hard work he put in, basically living at Northwood and hitting with Noah,” Bethlehem Catholic coach George Harmanos said. “Curt had great results against all the 3A kids. He is very athletic and really quick, but he also began to mix it up. He has a lot to his game.”

Potts faced a stiff test at the state tournament when he drew eventual champion Vikas Miller of Lower Merion. Though he dropped the match 6-2, 6-2, the sophomore gained valuable experience and will be better for it in future years.

Gruber fared well in his first round at the PIAA tournament when he shut out Dylan Aiello of St. Mary’s Area. The Becahi junior lost his next match to Nicolas Scheller of North Catholic, who finished runner-up in the tournament.

All-Area Tennis First Team

Noah Potts, Freedom

Curtis Gruber, Bethlehem Catholic

Spencer Goodman, Southern Lehigh

Shayaan Farhad, Liberty

Anthony Ronca, Liberty

John Willis, Stroudsburg

Dan Zolotarev, Parkland

Second Team
Arun Chhugani, Freedom

Jesse Coulter, Central Catholic

Fyodor D’Souza, Parkland

Quinn Erk, Emmaus

Armaan Makwana, Bethlehem Catholic

Josh Thomas, Parkland

Noah Tobin, Southern Lehigh

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