Matt Savran and Brandon Savran of
got off to a slow start, but the finish was just dandy as they won the Central League doubles tennis championship at the Healthplex yesterday.
The brothers topped the Radnor team of Riley Baver and James Lee, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the championship match.
The two are used to success. They were part of Lower Merion's state championship team last year.
They won their first, second, quarterfinal and semifinal matches in straight sets.
Baver and Lee earned their spot in the final by beating Travis Eldridge and Donald Swanko of Conestoga, 7-6 (12-10 tie-breaker), 3-6, 6-4 in a grueling semifinal.
Despite the disappointment of that setback, the Conestoga pair rallied to defeat Pioneers teammates Harris Cornell and Ben Faber, 6-2, 6-4, to take third place.
Savran and Savran topped Faber and Cornell, 6-3, 6-1, in their semifinal.
Stanford-bound Billy Vernon pitched a dominating game and Joe Conaway paced the offense with a pair of doubles as host
, 8-1, in an Inter-Ac game.
Vernon struck out six in the five-hit performance. His brother, Peter, pitches for William and Mary.
The Patriots (15-4 overall, 5-2 league) took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning and promptly broke the game open with a five-spot, getting RBI singles from Ian Hoff, Slater McCue and Sean Coyle.
Colin Kish's third-inning double drove in the first run of the game for Germantown Academy.
Suburban One National. Evan Hennessy's two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning highlighted a three-run rally and enabled host Neshaminy to nip Pennsbury, 9-7.
Nonleague. Mike Galetta went 2 for 2 with a grand slam and two runs scored as host Haverford School overwhelmed Christian Academy, 20-3. Teammate Frank Sweeney also homered, the first of his career.
Chris Gosik went 3 for 5 with three RBIs as Malvern Prep won at West Chester East, 14-5. Gosik fell short of the cycle by a home run, getting a single, double and a triple for the Friars (15-9).
Mike Mattei went 5 for 5 with a triple and four RBIs to pace Chestnut Hill Academy to a 16-5 win at Friends' Central. Anthony Cardona scattered seven hits over six innings to earn the win for the Blue Devils. Mattei is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound first baseman and pitcher.
Boys' Track and Field
's Paul Springer set a trio of state records on Friday night at the Second Annual West Chester Henderson Invitational.
And those weren't the best times of the night.
The two-mile, 3,000- and 3,200-meter races were run concurrently for timing purposes and Springer's two-mile time of 8 minutes, 52.8 seconds broke a three-year-old state record established by Chris Spooner of Lewisburg (8:56.34). Craig Forys of Colts' Neck (N.J.) won the race in 8:46.04 to set a record in that state as well.
Springer also set a state record in the 3,000, beating the 21-year-old record established by Bo Smart of Interboro at the 1986 Penn Relays (8:21.7).
Springer's 3,200-meter time of 8:49.84 also put him behind Forys (8:46.04), but bettered the previous state best established by Perkiomen Valley's Mike Connelly in 1983 (8:49.84). Springer will focus entirely on the 3,200 at districts and states.
Another outstanding performance out of the meet came from Elliott Rhodes of Germantown Academy, whose 1:52.96 in the open 800 meters was the fastest time in the state this year.
Trojan Track Classic. At Wissahickon, Brandon Bing of Cheltenham took individual bests in the 100 (10.75), 200 (21.88) and 400 (48.26).
North Penn's Sean Gentry also won the high jump and the triple jump but the meet highlight might have been provided by Joe Berry of Hatboro-Horsham, whose 16-4 in the pole vault bettered the meet record by Dan Swanker (North Penn, 1993) by more than a foot (15-3).
Lower Merion Invitational. Tyrell Moon of Swenson won both the 200 and 400 meters and teammate James Reid helped the Lions finish 1-2 in the 200. Another 1-2 finish came in the 100 as Coatesville's Bob Jackson and Stephan Allen finished first and second.
Girls' Track and Field
Devon Blount bettered her own school-record in the 100-meter hurdles to lead host
, 80-47, in an Inter-Academic League meet.
Blount posted a 15.45 to beat her previous mark of 15.60 set earlier this season. She also won the 300-meter hurdles (48.3) and took the triple jump in 31 feet, 8 inches.
Jamie Weckesser pitched a four-inning no-hitter as
earned an 11-1 nonleague win at
. Weckesser helped herself with a 4 for 4 day at the plate.
Inter-Ac. Rachel Criner pitched a five-hitter and struck out 14 for host Notre Dame in its 8-1 win over Springside.
Williamsport Tournament. Both St. Hubert and Conwell-Egan represented the Northern Division of the Catholic League well at the tournament, each winning two games and dropping one.
After winning a game each on Friday night, the teams split their games yesterday.
Host Williamsport defeated St. Hubert, 3-1.
St. Hubert rebounded with a 6-0 win over Corning West (N.Y.) as Heather Brabazon pitched a one-hitter and struck out 13.
Conwell-Egan's draw yesterday pretty much went the same way, falling to Delaware Valley, 3-1, in a semifinal but then bouncing back with a 4-0 win over Daniel Boone in the consolation round.
C-E's Angel Bunner, who is committed to Auburn University, struck out 14 and walked none.
Morgan Walsh scored four goals as host
Villa Joseph Marie
, 15-9, in a nonleague battle between Bucks County rivals. Julia Adden, Brigid Crane and Sarah Adden each added three goals.