Mike Buxbaum took the final step in his last high school tennis match.
One year after falling in the state final, the North Penn senior won the PIAA Class AAA singles championship in boys' tennis Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club. Buxbaum defeated Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Adam Blasinsky, 6-0, 6-4.
The West Chester Rustin doubles duo of seniors John Lim and Derek Sommers also won state gold in Class AAA, defeating Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs of Shady Side Academy, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Buxbaum and Lim and Sommers had reached the finals with semifinal wins earlier Saturday - Buxbaum topping Peter Hazlett of Mount Lebanon, 7-5, 6-2, and the Rustin pair outlasting Fox Chapel's Sid Rajupet and Ben Short, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11).
Final: Mike Buxbaum, North Penn, def. Adam Blasinsky, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 6-0, 6-4.
Semifinals: Buxbaum def. Peter Hazlett, Mount Lebanon, 7-5, 6-2; Blasinsky def. Andrew Sinai, Freedom, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Final: John Lim and Derek Sommers, West Chester Rustin, def. Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs, Shady Side Academy, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Semifinals: Lim and Sommers def. Sid Rajupet and Ben Short, Fox Chapel, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11); Nimgaonkar and Grubbs def. Josh Kaiser and Colin Wolgemuth, Manheim Central, 7-6 (2), 6-3.