THE AHGUS Page 10 Fremont - Newark, California Monday, March 17, 1969 Newark Lone Threat To Champ Viking Netters By ROB ALVES FREMONT -- It comes as no surprise to anyone that Irvington Irvington High School is once again the team to beat in the Mission Valley Athletic Le'igur tennis chase. The Vikings, who haven't lost a league match in so long it's hard to remember when that defeat was, have already started started off fast against non-league foes with four wins, all without a single loss in any match. That means four straight 7-0 shutouts. shutouts. The main competition a expected expected to come from Newark High, which came close to knocking off the Vikings last season, with Washington High Â· darkhors*. For the other MVAL schools it looks like another another year of looking up at Ir- vlngton in the standings. One of the key reasons the Vikes are picked number one is a sophomore who was good enough to take the number one spot in his first year at the school. That's saying something when the school happens to be perennial league champs. The man on the spot is Mark Weir, who knocked his brother Gary from the top spot to the number two position. The two Weirs give Irvington as strong a one-two punch as there is in the league. But that's not all the Vikes have. Returning from last season season are singles players Tom Pitka, Pitka, Jeff Capito, and Tim Johnson Johnson who are all accomplished journeymen. The doubles spots have gone to the teams of Ken Karns and Steve Brumfield and Kerry Kerry Crites and Lee Moore. What makes Newark the potential potential team to stop the Viking streak is returning experience along with a transfer student who moved right into the number number one spot, Rich Baer. Baer had played the top spot for Castro Valley last season, and his presence gives the Knights added strength to chal- lenge the Vikes. They too have four wins without a loss this season thus far. Last year's number one player, player, Bob Bramel, is also back and plays at the number two spot. Steve Palumbo, Tony Lopez, Lopez, and Marlin Wallace are expected expected to fill the other singles berths. Roy Johnson and Rich Marshall Marshall compose one possible doubles team, with Paul Gunderson, Gunderson, Sam Lovato, and Chris Tice others who could p l a y d o u b l e s for the Knights. B a e r ' s sophomore brother Gary has a good chance to see playing time and played singles in the last match for the Knights. Washington has a freshman phenoni of its own to make it a threat. Joey Meyers pushed brother Ben, a veteran, out of the number one spot, and has done well this season. The brother act is a strong one. The Huskies also have other experience back ana should finish finish in the first division. Bill Peter Peter sen, Gary Hallock, and Doug Dakin all show promise in singles singles play. Mark Shipman and Mark Santor have done a good job at the doubles spot. Mission San Jose could be another darkhorse. It opened the season with a 7-0 win over Mortau with number two man Dennis McEnery the outstanding outstanding performer. Number on* man is Bob Chase, who came from behind for a three- set win. Pete Wallace and Rob VanDeusen are another pair of potentially capable sin- glet players who could help elevate the Warrior tennis hopes. John F. Kennedy is in a year of question marks. The Titans are not deep in experience but they have Mike Patton back along with a few others who did good jobs last season. Bill Kelly could be a surprise. James Logan is in a building year and it doesn't appear the Colts will challenge, but there are some question marks that could help the Colts surprise a few teams. Phil Sheridan, Guy Bueno, D a v e R i c h a r d s McDowell will carry much of the load, but transfer student Bob Boston, and sophomore Paul Wein and freshman John Wein are the ones who cpuld develop. develop. From the way things look at this stage, though, it appears it will be business as usual in the MVAL tennis competition with Irvington the team to beat when league play opens Friday.