Two former state champions are among the four individuals about to be inducted into the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame. The event will take place April 30 at the Lancaster Tennis & Yacht Club.
Former state champions Dr. Jack Shertzer and Wes Kintner will be honored with fellow inductees Ken Grove and the late Jill E. Hungerford. Additionally, former Hempfield High School tennis coach Rob Bair will receive the Richard T. Green Community Service award, Carolyn Kitsock will receive the Jill E. Hungerford Scholarship award, and Griffin Clark will receive the Dr. Charles Appel scholarship award.
Shertzer is a two-time PIAA singles champion, having won state championships in 1955 and 1956. Shertzer won 43 consecutive matches in his high school career and was undefeated his junior and senior years. In the 1956 state tournament, he did not lose a set.
What made his first title all the more unusual was that Shertzer had been wounded by a shotgun blast the preceding summer. The accident occurred when he and several friends were hiking. One of the hikers had a shotgun that accidentally discharged, striking Shertzer just above his left knee.
Shertzer not only came back to play tennis, but won his first state title the following May and his second a year later.
He was the 1956 McCaskey valedictorian, and earned a scholarship to Swarthmore College, where he played for legendary coach Ed Faulkner, who coached U.S. and French Davis Cup teams to victories.
Shertzer earned his medical degree from Temple and became an orthopedic surgeon.
Kintner was a four-time PIAA tennis doubles champion (1992-95) and 1995 PIAA swimming champion in the 100-meter butterfly. He won two state doubles titles with his brother Rob, and two more with classmate David Nguyen.
During his four years at Manheim Township, the tennis team was 88-0 and claimed four Lancaster-Lebanon and District Three team championships. He also was a three-time L-L League singles champion.
As a swimmer, he was a seven-time state qualifier and a two-time district champion. He held eight school records. During his tenure, the Blue Streaks earned two sectional and league swimming titles.
Kintner played collegiate tennis for East Carolina University and Millersville University. At Millersville, he compiled a singles record of 27-3 in 1998-99 and was 30-12 in doubles matches from 1998 through 2000.
Grove began playing tennis as a a high school freshman. The Spring Grove, York County, native won two county doubles championships and was the county singles champion his senior year. He and teammate Mark Sheaffer reached the PIAA doubles semifinals his junior year. He played college tennis at Bloomsburg University, where he earned all-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors in singles and doubles all four years at Bloomsburg University.
Grove has played interdistrict tennis and, in 2014, was a member of the USTA 4.5 Middle States team that won the USTA national title in Palm Springs, California.
Hungerford was an outstanding player for Penn Manor. She was a two-time District Three Mixed doubles titlist, won the Lancaster-Lebanon League singles championship her senior year and was named the Junior Player of the Year by the USTA Middle States.
She played collegiately for the College of William & Mary and Georgetown University. She earned a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Virginia. She was a researcher at Yale University School of Medicine. She died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 34.
Bair was a standout player and coach. He compiled a singles record of 56-2 while playing for Hempfield High School from 1967-1970. He was a two-time league singles champion and won the District Three singles title in 1970.
He played No. 1 singles all four of his years at Gettysburg College.
Upon graduation, he coached girls’ tennis for two years at Columbia High School before moving to Hempfield, where he coached the girls tennis team for 21 years and the boys team for six years. The girls’ team won the league championship in 1998 and the boys’ team won league titles in 2008 and 2011 and District Three championships in 2011 and 2012. Bair was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Coach of the Year in 2008.
Kitsock, a senior at Manheim Township, has twice been named the team’s sportsmanship award winner. A four-year performer, she and her partner placed fourth in the District Three doubles championship in 2014. Kitsock has served as an instructor in the Lancaster ACES and Steinman Cup Quick Start programs.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the school’s symphonic band and is a Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award winner.
Clark, also a senior at Manheim Township, is the captain and No. 1 singles player on the 2016 team. He has served as a tennis instructor for the Manheim Township Parks and Recreation program, and as a volunteer assistant with the high school girls tennis team.
He is a member of the honor roll and the recipient of his team’s sportsmanship award, the Billie Jean King Character & Integrity Award, U.S. Army Student-Athlete Award, the Manheim Township Character Award and was voted MVP of the boys’ tennis team at the Shanghai American School in 2012.