The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 15, 2014

Area players hanging tough at sectionals

The first leg of the postseason began Wednesday with several area tennis teams beginning sectional tournament play.

Numerous competitors from area schools remain alive.

In the Division II tournament at Brush, Emery Buchan of Jefferson won three matches, defeating local rivals in two of them. In the first round, he topped David DiFrangia of Lake Catholic, 6-0, 6-1. He then got the better of Rashad Al-Arabi of Conneaut, 6-2, 6-3, and James Kulko of Edgewood by an identical score.

Adam Laitinen of Conneaut also reached the quarterfinals with victories over Steven Gillinov (by default) of University School and Mike Cimperman (6-1, 6-1) of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

Brock Ebersole and Brent McFarland of Geneva teamed to reach the smifinals for Geneva. They toppled Richie Blough and Eric Simon (6-0, 6-0) of Jefferson, Mason Reed and Colin Hribar (6-0, 6-0) of Gilmour Academy and Kush Khosla and Max Pollock (6-4, 6-4) of Hawken.

Buchan will face Dhruv Yaday of Hawken when play resumes today. Laitinen will play Sid Ahuja of Hawken.

Ebersole and McFarland will play Tyler Krantz and Drew Krantz of US when play resumes.

Kulko had beaten Steven Mitchell of Kirtland, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Zach Stehura of Geneva beat Dave Lesco of Wickliffe, 6-2, 6-0, before losing to Yaday, 6-0, 6-0. Lee Miller of Edgewood topped Tony Duffy of Lake Catholic, 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Matt Lenk of NDCL, 6-2, 6-1.

The Geneva doubles team of Anthony Barszczewski and Louis Murphy reached the quarterfinals before losing to Paul Gota and David Buchinsky of US, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles’ duo beat Aaron Ball and Dustin Thompson of Edgewood (by default) and Nick Lanese and Andrew McChesney of Wickliffe, 6-1, 7-5.

Scott Gerdes and Jacob Edwards of Conneaut reached the quarterfinals before falling to Tyler Krantz and Drew Krantz of US, 6-0, 6-0. They beat Mary Wood and Dom Misti of NDCL, 6-1, 6-0 in the second round after a bye.

Mason Taylor and David Bookbinder of Jefferson won their first match, 6-3, 6-3, over Christian Dahneke and Drew Dimmick of Perry before falling to Mark Beebe and Jon Malish of NDCL, 6-4, 6-1.

Elijah Rae and Brandon Rogers of Perry defeated David Santee and Corey Piltz of Edgewood, 6-2, 6-1, before falling to Tyler Krantz and Drew Krantz, 6-0, 6-0.

In the Division I tournament at Solon, Lakeside had a rough go of it.

Kyle Downs fell to Matt Lackritz of Solon, 6-3, 6-4, John Mussig lost to Seth Stennett of Ravenna, 6-0, 6-0, and Dylan Siezemore was topped by Hunter Pischel of Chardon, 6-0, 6-0.

Clark Heath and Jesse Blair were toppled by Adrian Miller and Zack Spiraccia of Mentor, 6-3, 6-1, and David Carlton and Spencer Sellman were bested by James Sophia and Lauritz Aschoff of Shaker Heights, 6-0, 6-0. 

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