's Taylor Cohen knocked off defending state tennis champion Benji Kendall of
in the District 1 Class AA tennis final yesterday at Heathplex, capping a day that included both No. 2 seeds knocking off both No. 1s.
Cohen's 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win not only earned the junior the district's only AA bid, but knocked Kendall, the two-time state champion, out of the tournament. Only one player from the district advances in AA.
In Class AAA, where all four players advanced to states, Walker Lyons of Strath Haven won his third straight Class AAA singles championship but had to upset North Penn's Chris Hasyn, 6-3, 6-2, in the final to accomplish the threepeat.
"Walker played extremely well," North Penn head coach Toby Watton said. "Chris didn't serve that well and I thought Walker played very, very well.
"One thing, I thought, that hurt Chris was that he didn't have a great draw. Walker's draw gave him a chance to get better each time."
They weren't as dramatic as the home run that Chris Lisowski hit into the street in right field for
, but sacrifice flies hit by Nick Szalejko and Ryan Murtagh in the top of the eighth inning were more than effective for the Patriots.
Szalejko and Murtagh's flies drove in Matt Cantafio and Tim Weglicki with the deciding runs and Carroll stopped host Penn Charter, 7-5, in a nonleague game.
Lisowski's homer in the first inning gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead, but the Quakers rallied to tie the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Szalejko knocked in Cantafio with the go-ahead run and Murtagh drove in knocked in Weglicki with an insurance run.
Brandon Andrews hit a pair of doubles and knocked in four runs as Coatesville handled visiting Reading, 10-3.
Steve Sable improved his record to 4-0 after pitching Holy Ghost Prep to a 10-3 win over visiting Hamilton West (N.J.).
Sable pitched five innings, gave up one hit, struck out five and walked three. He also helped himself with three hits.
Mike Galetta belted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to erase a one-run deficit and Haverford School went on to beat visiting Perkiomen School, 7-6.
Shawn Molvie crushed a home run, a double and drove in three runs to lead Haverford High to an 8-2 win over visiting Sun Valley.
Slater McCue belted a pair of doubles and a home run to lift Germantown Academy to a 19-6 win over host Germantown Friends.
Andrew Caines knocked in the game-winning run with a double and earned the win after pitching five innings, giving GAMP a 2-1 win over host Glassboro (N.J.).
Steven McCardell went 3 for 3 with a double and drove in two runs to boost West Chester Henderson to a 12-9 win over visiting Conestoga.
Suburban One American. Billy Rocchi went 3 for 4 with a double, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Plymouth Whitemarsh past visiting Springfield (Montgomery County), 7-1.
Friends Schools. Eli Branzburg scored on a bases-loaded walk with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning and Shipley edged host Westtown, 5-4.
In the first game of a double-header, winning pitcher Harrison Keiser and Branzburg each hit a double and a triple as Shipley rocked the Quakers, 13-1.
Sam Frey drew the bases-loaded walk to force in Branzburg in the second game.
Shore Challenge. Matt McEndy hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to break a 0-0 deadlock and Malvern Prep went on to beat Marlboro (N.J.), 4-1, in its first game at Wall Township (N.J.).
In the second game, Jim Cooney gave up one hit in the fourth inning and the Friars went on to beat Brick Township (N.J.), 10-0.
Francis Green of