NEWTON — Division 1 state final, say hello to BC High.
For the first time in school history, the BC High Eagles (20-2) are headed to the MIAA Division 1 state final after dispatching St. John’s Prep, 3-0, Wednesday afternoon at Newton North High, setting up a state championship bout with St. John’s of Shrewsbury Thursday at Clark University.
BC High, going against a tournament regular and Catholic Conference rival in St. John’s Prep (15-5), might have been in unfamiliar territory going so deep into the tourney, but it was not up against an unfamiliar foe.
Since the 1970s, Prep and BC High have squared off twice every regular season. Before second-year coach Lance Hutchinson took over BC High had never beaten St. John’s Prep. That’s all changed now.
“We came in mentally prepared,” said Hutchinson, whose team had split the two-game series this spring. “These guys don’t get intimidated, they’ve been on a mission since day one to go for it all in the tourney.”
After trailing in four of the five matches to start the contest, BC High got a jolt of confidence from No. 1 singles player Charles Shewalter, who downed Chris Toner, 6-2, 6-3.
BC High’s third singles and first doubles teams also emerged victorious, in come-from-behind fashion. Sam Lahart topped Prep’s Sean Nork, 6-4, 6-2, at third singles and the first doubles team of Charles Morris and Caye Tittmann beat Niko Limacher and Ian Wright, 6-4, 6-4. Both the second doubles and second singles matches were suspended due to rain.
Martha’s Vineyard 4, Weston 1 — The long trip was worth it for the Vineyarders, who came away with an impressive win over Weston in the EMass Division 3 final at Newton North High School.
Both doubles teams won, with the No. 1 team of Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy winning, 6-3, 6-1. The second team of Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer also swept, 6-3, 6-0.
Kent Leonard helped the Vineyarders with his commanding 6-3, 6-3 victory against Weston’s Leland Ko. Justice Yennie also won with a 6-2, 6-4 over Ben Spector.
Acton-Boxboro 4, Barnstable 1 — Senior captains Julia Larson and Dasha Kostikina posted singles wins and Acton-Boxboro breezed past Barnstable in the Division 1 EMass final at Newton North High School.
Larson swept Kristen Donnelly, 6-4, 6-0, and Kostikina outlasted Lauren Persson in three matches, 6-3, 6-7, 7-4.
“We thought it would be pretty close and we knew coming in that we would need to win one of the doubles matches to win the event. We felt very confident our first and second singles would prevail,” said coach Mike Gardner.
Both doubles teams, Rose Zaho and Amy Liu and Kayla Pierri and Kelly Wagner, swept their matches.
Manchester Essex 3, Cohasset 2 — The Hornets edged the Skippers in a battle of unbeatens at Newton South.
Manchester Essex (21-0) squeezed out the win behind its first doubles team of Rachel Daley and seventh-grader Chanel Bullock, whose 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory finished off Cohasset (21-1)
Cohasset’s Emma Davis topped Brittany Collens, 6-1, 6-1, at first singles but the Hornets took second singles behind junior Michelle Fuca, who defeated Cohasset’s Emma Smith, 6-1, 6-0. Third singles Kendall McCormick broke the tie, beating Cohasset’s Sara Corry, 6-2, 6-4. Cohasset won at second doubles behind Gabrielle Lemoine and Brianna Crough, who got past Maura McCormick and Molly Carlson, 6-4, 6-4.