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October 30, 2013

Beatty's Bunch eyes a positive future

NFL tennis champions are poised for 2014 and beyond


A history teacher, civil war re-enactor and big screen extra by day and a modest championship high school coach by night, John Beatty was the constant throughout this past Lockport High Schools girls varsity tennis season.
In fact, Beatty’s been a constant throughout the history of the LHS girls program — the only girls tennis coach Lockport’s ever had.
Beatty’s Lady Lions dropped the first match of their Niagara Frontier League season back in early September, then went on to win 13 straight matches en route to the league title — a tribute to a patient, experienced coach who took a young team under his wing and molded them into champions.
The question now is, “Is this the start of a Lady Lions net dynasty?”
“I think we’re going to be set for years to come,” said LHS senior co-captain and first doubles player Brandi Condon. “It was such a great feeling stepping off the court after winning the championship. Mr. Beatty is the nicest man, really. I’m glad I had an opportunity to play for him. There’s a lot of young talent coming back. I think we’ll be strong again next year and for a few more years after that.”
Condon and first singles player Kathryn Krawczyk were senior captains on a young LHS team that featured two underclassmen singles players as well a handful of up-and-coming freshmen talent.
Krawczyk, a three-year varsity player, was outstanding on and off the court throughout the season for the blue and gold and served as an outstanding role model to freshman second singles player Delaney Portka and junior third singles stalwart Delaney Fragale.
“It was honestly one of my best decisions I ever made to play tennis. I decided on tennis and worked at it and got here,” Krawczyk said. “Mr. Beatty is the best. He knows how to make you feel better, but he also knows how to correct some of the things that you might be doing wrong.”

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