Central High and La Salle each returned to the top spot in their respective leagues in boys' tennis, capturing championships yesterday.

Central took the Public League title, dethroning defending champion Masterman, 4-1 at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.

Sparking the Lancers (18-0) were Jorge Valencia and James Ayers, who took the first-doubles match, 6-0, 6-3, and Sam Weinstock and Lucas Isakowitz with a 6-1, 6-1 win at second doubles.

"It was a true team effort today," said first-year Central coach Michael Horwits. "Everyone stepped up his game today. They were determined to get the title back."

Catholic. La Salle knocked off two-time defending champion St. Joseph's Prep, 59-50, at La Salle University.

La Salle took control when John Lamprecht won at second singles, 6-2, 6-0.

"Lamprecht taking that second set, 6-0, gave us some breathing room," said La Salle Coach Bill Geiger. "And Adam Coombs at third singles and our doubles team of Anthony Mirabile and Dave Spinosa did a great job in hanging in there and battling back from losing sets to win."

La Salle finished its season at 12-1, regaining the championship it last won in 2004.

Baseball

Eric Schaeffer and Justin Beattie each drove in a pair of runs, sparking

Philadelphia Academy Charter

to the PIAA District 12 Class A finals with an 11-6 victory at

Masterman

.

Dave Pachucki went the distance with five strikeouts for the win. Philadelphia Academy Charter will square off against GAMP next Monday for the District 12 title.

District 12 Class AAA. Franklin Learning Center, powered by Joe Maloney, swept past visiting Swenson, 12-6, in a quarterfinal game. Maloney went 3 for 4, blasting a bases-empty homer and stealing three bases for the Bobcats.

Catholic. Mike Townsend knocked in five runs to propel host Neumann-Goretti over West Catholic, 17-7, in a Southern Division game. All three of Neumann-Goretti's wins have been at the expense of West Catholic this week.

Roman Catholic used a squeeze bunt to edge host Archbishop Carroll, 3-2. Tom McGee, who slammed a bases-empty home run in the third inning, laid down a squeeze bunt in the fifth to score winning pitcher Mark Deodato with the winning run.

Carroll had runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Deodato ended the game with his fourth strikeout.

La Salle beat visiting Conwell-Egan, 11-0, as Matt Howard belted a two-run first-inning homer.

Bicentennial. Holy Ghost Prep pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to post a 7-5 victory at New Hope-Solebury. Bill Bresnahan singled, stole second and raced home on a throwing error with the eventual winning run.

Suburban One National. After giving up five runs and the lead in the top of the seventh inning, Truman bounced back with a run in the bottom of the seventh to beat visiting North Penn, 7-6. Kyree Ransome scored the winning run on Adam Moore's single.

Ches-Mont. West Chester Henderson blanked visiting Bayard Rustin, 9-0, as Jabair Khan and Drew Constable hit back-to-back third-inning home runs. Constable put the Warriors in front with a first inning solo blast and finished the game with four RBIs.

Track and Field

Thomas Hedges of

Solebury School

dominated the distance events at the Penn-Jersey League Championships at Girard College.

Hedges took the gold in the 800 meters in 2:17.8, the 1,600 in 4:55.1 and the 3,200 with a time of 11:35.