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    Needham cruises in Div. 1 South tennis final

    Jon Mahoney for the Globe
    Needham’s Ben Okonow and Mitch Silverman helped top Wellesley in the South final.

    NEWTON - Needham boys’ tennis coach Andrew Lawrence expected the No. 2-seeded Wellesley Raiders to put up a fight against his undefeated Rockets in the Division 1 South final.

    The Rockets only dropped one point though, as the Raiders (18-3) couldn’t knock off the top seed, losing, 4-1, at Newton North.

    “We know [Wellesley’s] doubles teams are very strong, and we thought we had the advantage in singles,’’ Lawrence said.


    Senior Aaron Revzin, at first singles, put away Wellesley’s Sam Canning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Revzin, Needham’s captain, will play tennis at Amherst College this fall.

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    “He’s remarkably consistent,’’ Lawrence said.

    Needham’s third and winning point came at first doubles. Senior Mo Lipman and junior Matt Bejian defeated Raiders seniors Nathan Nast and Dylan Ironside, 6-4, 6-2.

    Lawrence has a lot of faith in his doubles team, though.

    “When Mo and Matt are on, they’re unstoppable,’’ he said.


    The only point Needham (19-0) dropped came at third singles, where Wellesley senior Alex Heiden defeated Needham freshman Sam Cohen, 7-5, 6-3. But Lawrence praised his freshman’s effort.

    “Sam played extremely well, and his opponent is as solid as a rock at third singles,’’ Lawrence said. “Sam played so well, and to see a freshman play like that in this kind of stage is awesome.’’

    Division 2 North

    Wayland 3, Reading 2 - With the Warriors winning at first and third singles, and the Rockets winning both doubles matches, all eyes were on the second singles match between Reading’s Tyler Bova and Wayland’s Jon Goodman.

    Goodman took the first set with a clean 6-2 victory before Bova battled to a 6-4 win in the second set. The players took a mandatory 10-minute break between the second and third sets.

    “[Goodman] has been running [Bova] around and the kid is going to be tired,’’ Wayland coach Shawn Powers said. “The 10-minute break is going to be bad, because the kid’s muscles are going to be tight. I said go back to the game plan.’’


    Goodman took advantage of Bova’s fatigue and broke early in the set to cruise to a 6-1 victory, giving Wayland (18-2) the win.

    In the first singles match, the Warriors’ Will Sharton defeated Reading’s Alec Tzianabos, 6-4, 6-2, while third singles player Ethan Heckor defeated Mark Cosolito, 6-3, 6-1.

    The Rockets’ first doubles duo of Jarid Polley and Brendan Sullivan defeated Wayland’s Drew Leavey and Tommy Davlin, 6-1, 6-3, and the second duo of Rob Devaney and Larry Train won, 6-4, 6-3, over Jackson Hubbell and Josh O’Neil.

    Division 3 North

    Weston 5, Austin Prep 0 - The two-time defending state champions cruised past Austin Prep to win their third consecutive Division 3 North title at Newton South.

    “It’s been a great season,’’ said Weston coach George Colin. “I lost five of my seven starters. We had a few rough matches during the regular season, we snapped a 30-match winning streak, but we learned a lot from it and it’s made us better in the postseason I think.’’

    The fourth-seeded Wildcats (16-6) won all three singles matches from the Cougars (18-5) in straight sets.

    In first singles, freshman Ethan Chen defeated Chris Reed, 6-1, 6-2. Second singles’ James Yan won, 6-3, 6-2, over Brad Rivotto. Third singles star freshman Will Talcott also coasted to an easy victory, defeating Trevor Cox, 6-1, 6-2.

    Both the first doubles duo of Maxwell Legocki and Trevor Sands and the second duo of David Westerberg and Ben Spector won, 6-3, 6-3. Legocki and Sands are undefeated this season.

    Division 2 South

    Sharon 3, Hingham 2 - The Eagles made it back-to-back South sectional titles, beating the Harbormen for the second straight season. First doubles Eric Bloom and Jake Steinberg won, 6-3, 6-4, and second doubles Ben Gilman and Josh Dobbin won, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Peter Hu won, 6-2, 6-2, in the second singles slot to clinch the win. Sharon (20-0) advances to Tuesday’s state final against Wayland.

    Division 3 South

    Martha’s Vineyard 3, Dover-Sherborn 2 - One year after losing in the sectional final, the Vineyarders came out on top thanks to wins from Kent Leonard (6-2, 6-1), Justice Yennie (6-4, 6-2), and the doubles team of Natty Schneider and Jackson McBride (6-3, 6-4). Vineyard (21-0) advances to Monday’s state semifinal against Weston.


    Division 2 South

    Hopkinton 3, Foxboro 2 - The Hillers were led by freshman Vanessa Prathab, who won the deciding point in second singles, defeating Emma Prinos, 6-1, 6-2. The doubles teams of Bevy Reynolds and Abby Normandeau at first (6-2, 6-4) and Katy Cook and Ameera Hammouda at second (6-1, 6-0) scored the other Hopkinton points. Hopkinton (21-1) advanced to the state semifinals.

    Division 3 South

    Cohasset 4, Norwell 1 - Freshman Emma Davis won first singles, 6-1, 6-0, and junior Emma Smith won second singles, 6-3, 6-0, to help the Skippers (19-2) win the Division 3 South title. Cohasset’s Caitlin DeAngelis and Gabrielle Lemoine won first doubles, 6-3, 6-3, and the pair Kate Sookiasian and Meredith Spofford won second doubles, 6-2, 6-4.

    Globe correspondent Hannah Becker contributed to this report.