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Packie Cronin

On Friday, April 1, Tunkhannock Area senior Packie Cronin surrendered just one point to sweep his singles match and help lead the Tigers to a 5-0 win over Wyoming Area. Three days before, Cronin again won in two sets in a 4-1 victory over MMI Prep. For his accomplishments, Cronin has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 18, Tunkhannock

Family: Mick, father; Jennifer, mother; Cecilia, sister, 21; Aidan, brother, 19.

Other sports I play: Soccer

Athletes I admire: “Roger Federer, Paul Scholes and Lionel Messi.”

Favorite Movie: “The Big Lebowski”

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite band/artist: The 1975

Favorite food: Chicken alfredo

Favorite school subject: Music

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Michael Jackson, George Best and Matthew Healy.”

Biggest role model: “My mother because she always sets a really good example of how I should present myself and apply myself in everything I do. She always expects the best from me in the household and that is relayed into everything.”

Post-graduation plans: “I’m going to attend Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and study music therapy with an emphasis on jazz.”

Superstitions or rituals: “I always put a cup of water in my hands and splash it on my shirt and have a stick of spearmint gum in my pocket and put it in right before my match.”

What were some of your goals for this year? “My goals were to be the No. 1 or 2 singles player, which I’ve accomplished, but I still want to strive to be No. 1. As a team, do even better than last year’s record.”

How has the transition of having your third coach in three years been? “It’s a little different. Kyle (Christy) was as much as a friend as he was a coach, so that was a different connection than now. Coach (Justin) Muthler is very dedicated and expects the best from us all the time. He doesn’t play around, and that seriousness is what we really needed this year. We knew we had potential, we just needed someone to orchestrate that.”

What have you been working on in the early going? “We’re doing a lot of drills and that’s helping us technique wise and helping us become much better individual players. He’s really teaching us the little things we really need to capitalize on.”

How did the warmer weather help you in early matches this year? “We were definitely rusty last season, but the weather permitted us to get on the courts early and that was really crucial, especially in our second match against Dallas.”

How do you approach your matches? “You learn about your opponent as the game progresses. After the first couple of games, you get to know what they want to do and I adjust myself from that.”

How are you able to bring your passion from the soccer field onto the tennis court? “Tennis is a bit different because it’s a very mental game, so you have to keep your composure. I bring that positive side and encouragement to the court. It’s a crucial aspect to the sport and something some people miss out on.”

What’s change since you first started playing tennis? “I didn’t have the technique I have now. I thought it would be an easy sport but it definitely isn’t. My serve, backspin and speed of play from myself and the other two singles players have all improved and we’ve all grown together.”

What has been your favorite part of being on the team? “The other guys have been my friends all throughout high school and it’s good to play competitively with your peers. Myself and the other singles guys are like The Three Musketeers, but the whole team as a unit is like a family. We have a lo of new guys, but we try to make them feel like home.”