Pa. Boys: Conestoga and HGP net titles in tennis
Conestoga and Holy Ghost Prep celebrated the first state championship for each school in boys' tennis on Saturday. Conestoga emerged from an all-District 1 final four to win the PIAA Class AAA crown, 3-0, over Unionville at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Conestoga and Holy Ghost Prep celebrated the first state championship for each school in boys' tennis on Saturday.
Conestoga emerged from an all-District 1 final four to win the PIAA Class AAA crown, 3-0, over Unionville at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Freshman Brian Grodecki, who lost one match this spring, won at third singles, and the Pioneers' doubles teams of Christian Lyon and Alex Free, and Brendan McShane and Josh Sutker added straight-set wins to seal the verdict.
Matches involving District 1 singles champ Kevin Wang, a junior, at first singles and sophomore Jason Sutker at second singles were not completed.
"The players were ecstatic," after the match, said Conestoga's Blake Stabert, who is in his fourth season as co-coach with Jon Goodman. "They put their imprint on the team's program. It had been an afterthought at the school, but they established an identity."
The Pioneers, who had beaten Unionville by 3-2 in the District 1 final, reached the state final with a 3-1 semifinal win over Radnor, which has lost to the eventual state champ in the last four state tournaments. Unionville got past Wissahickon, 3-1.
Class AA. Connor Pietrak pulled off a comeback from an 0-6 first-set setback to win his first-singles match, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3, and secure Holy Ghost Prep's first state championship with a 3-2 win over Wyomissing.
The Firebirds also won both doubles matches as Chad Nowak and Dan Burke claimed a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 marathon win at second doubles, and Evan Tarzian and Christian Bernlohr teamed for a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at first singles.
Keith Dreyer scored four goals and Drew Kennedy won 11 of 13 face-offs in leading Malvern Prep to a 6-4 win over Penn Charter in the semifinals of the inaugural Inter-Ac Invitational at Cabrini College.
Malvern will face Haverford School, a 13-11 winner over Lawrenceville in the other semifinal, for the title at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cabrini. Senior midfielder Matt Walters had two goals and two assists for the Fords.
District 1. Colin Sullivan's goal with five seconds left in the second overtime gave Pennsbury a 4-3 tournament quarterfinal win over Avon Grove at West Chester Henderson.
Conestoga whipped Abington, 14-1, in the other quarterfinal at Henderson as Conner Frisina's four goals and Tyler Brooke's three goals fueled the Pioneers.
Downingtown West got four goals from Zach Logan in a 14-4 quarterfinal win over Spring-Ford at Harriton.
Also at Harriton, Central Bucks East turned 10 saves by goalie Harrison Holak and two goals each from Blake Ament, Parker Self and Connor McSherry into a 10-6 win over Ridley.
Friends' Central topped Friends Select, 10-0, in the friends Schools League championship game. Sophomore Aaron Ross pitched a five-inning complete game.
Inter-Ac. Malvern Prep clinched its first league title since 2008 with a 2-0 win at Chestnut Hill, getting a two-hitter from Sean O'Keefe, who had a no-hitter through five innings.
O'Keefe struck out three and walked two.