Brookline boys cruise to another tennis title
Sophomore Sam Feldman easily defeated Newton North sophomore Leo Kaluzhny 6-3, 6-1 at first singles as Brookline (22-0) captured their second straight Division 1 South title at Medway High School Friday in a 5-0 sweep.
Brookline won all five matches in straight sets as they defeated Newton North for the third time this season. The defending D1 state champions continue to roll as no player has lost a match since May 8 against Needham. Despite the success, the Warriors remain as motivated as ever.
“We’ve probably had less than five practices the whole year. And these guys came out match after match and remained focused,” Brookline coach Nick Pero said. “You can tell that winning one (state championship) isn’t enough for them.”
The state semifinal will be a rematch of last season as Brookline will face Lexington Monday. The Warriors defeated Lexington 3-2 last year before sweeping Marlborough for the state title.
Division 2 North
Concord-Carlisle 3, Wayland 2 — Freshman Alex Li won his third singles match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to propel the Patriots (18-2) over the Warriors (16-3) and to the sectional title.
“(Alex Li), In a huge situation, playing tough,” said Concord-Carlisle head coach Alex Spence. “Eventually, he was able to take the match because he put himself in so many high percentage situations.”
Nate Bartlett and Ben Grace won at first doubles, while Ben France and Andrew Meyer claimed victory at second doubles for the Patriots.
The Patriots will battle Walpole (15-5) on Tuesday for the Eastern Massachusetts D2 title.
Division 2 South
Walpole 3, Hopkinton 2 — Seeded sixth, the Rebels (15-5) pocketed the program’s first sectional title with a narrow win at Abington High. Walpole will play Concord-Carlisle for the Division 2 East title at St. John’s High on Tuesday.
Division 3 South
Martha’s Vineyard 3, Dover-Sherborn 2 — In a 2-2 match between a pair of unbeaten teams, Chris Ferry won his second set tiebreaker at first singles, defeating Dan Pomahac as the second-seeded Vineyarders (20-1) captured the D3 South title at Old Rochester Regional. D-S, the top seed, finished 19-1. In Tuesday’s 4-1 semifinal win over Old Rochester, Ferry had lost a tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-4, 10-3. MV will play Weston in a state semifinal on Monday.
St. John’s Prep 31, BC High 14 — While top-seeded Prep fell behind, 14-5, the Eagles held fifth-seeded BC High off the board the rest of the way. Senior Jack Murphy put host Prep ahead for good with the first successful try of his career. Connor Rinklin and Sam Smith added a few kicks to seal it. St. John’s Prep will face Belmont in the Division 1 state final next Saturday (6/22) at Curry College (Time TBA). “The first two minutes went great, then the following 12 minutes we went off the game plan a bit,” said Prep coach Seelan Manickam. “Then we settled, played our game, got good turnover ball, and were able to capitalize from there.”
Milton 24, Hanover 0 — Bryce Stovall converted the first try and Alex Caputo knocked in the extra points for the host Wildcats (7-0) on the way to the D2 state semifinal win. Milton will play Cambridge Rindge & Latin in the state final next Saturday at Curry College.
The Boston Latin girls’ 4x800 relay team of senior Julie Tassinari, junior Annie Jackson, sophomore Lucy Abdow, and freshman Sophie Ahearn won the Emerging Elite race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Friday at BB&T Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
The team finished in 9:23.85, 3.6 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from South Brunswick, N.J. The Wolfpack’s relay team recently won an All-State championship on June 1 in 9:23.66. Marshfield’s 4x800 team of sophomores Sofia LoVuolo and Ciara Hume, and freshmen Julie Condon and Charlotte Henning placed fifth in 9:30.60.
Lexington’s team of juniors Lily Sheth, Pauline Steines, and Dana Ofek, and sophomore Lina Jafaar placed eighth (9:32.48), and Walpole’s team of senior Caroline McGrath, sophomore Mia Costa, and freshmen Cate Stanton and Laine DiMartinis finished 10th (9:34.39).
Globe correspondent Cam Kerry reported from Reading.