The next four weeks promise to be eventful for a deep and talented Shepaug Valley High School boys' tennis team.

On the court docket are a possible run at a Berkshire League title, the league tournament and preparations for the state Class S tournament.

But first things first.

"We've had a great season, getting off to an 11-1 start, winning eight of our matches by perfect scores of 5-0," said coach David Bilmes.

Overall, the Spartans have won 54 individual matches while losing eight.

The only blemish was a 3-2 defeat to Berkshire League frontrunner Lewis Mills April 20 on the courts in Washington.

Shepaug will get the chance for a rematch next Friday, May 11 in Burlington.

"Eddie Kelly, a senior playing for the first time, has impressed coaches throughout the league with his play at number one singles," said coach Bilmes. "Both he and our number two player, junior Kellen Rikhoff, have only one loss apiece"

The Spartan court maestro also shepherded his doubles tandems to undefeated status.

"Jack Brotherton and Ellery Rourk have established themselves as the best doubles team in the league. ... Aydan Crumrine and Michael Korniewicz have done the same at No. 2 doubles," he said.

Such was the Spartans' dominance during Monday's 5-0 cruise past Litchfield that the visitors won 60 games to the Cowboys' seven.

"We expect the competition to be tougher the second time through the league," said coach Bilmes, "and are looking forward to the rematch with Lewis Mills. We will also be challenged by three non-league matches against South-West Conference schools, including a May 18 match at New Milford."

Norm Cummings