Local high schoolers earn Section III boys tennis championships

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The Section III boys tennis championships came to an end Friday evening. Class A and C-1 crowned their individual champions at SUNY Cortland Tuesday, Class C-2 crowned their champs at the Utica Memorial Parkway courts Tuesday and Class B winners claimed their titles at the Utica Memorial Parkway courts Friday evening.

Mohawk Valley schools were well represented in the championship rounds and a lot of local athletes came away with top-finishes.

Here are the results of the individual Section III boys tennis tournament:

Jump to: Class A | Class B | Class C-1 | Class C-2

Class A

It was almost a sweep for Fayetteville-Manlius in Class A. The Hornets won four of the class’ five categories. Cameron Lukasik won at second singles (6-1, 6-0), Colin Byer won at third singles (6-3, 7-5), Jaden Duggal and Davin Woolridge won at first doubles (7-6, 7-5) and Fergus Brady and Andrew Li won at second doubles (6-1, 6-4).

The Class A first singles winner was Antonio Marsallo who defeated F-M’s David Fernando 6-1, 6-2 in the finals.

David Fenner serves the ball for New Hartford in his singles match against Whitesboro at Marcy Elementary School in Marcy on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
David Fenner serves the ball for New Hartford in his singles match against Whitesboro at Marcy Elementary School in Marcy on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Class B

In Class B, New Hartford and Jamesville-Dewitt led the way with two winners each.

The New Hartford Spartans’ David Fenner continued his undefeated season with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Onondaga-Westhill’s Shay Smith in the first singles finals. Teammate Evan Lyga defeated Oneida’s Spencer Ingmire 6-3, 6-3 in the second singles finals.

The Spartans took home two second-place doubles finishes from David Berg and Leo Padula in first doubles and Deen Kaakour and Kenneth Kowalczyk in second doubles.

Jamesville-DeWitt swept the doubles division with Mark Bratslavsky and Luke Cantone winning at first doubles (6-2, 6-0) and William Parratt and Carson Souser winning at second doubles (6-3, 7-6).

The third singles champion was Marcellus’ Tucker Guerina who defeated Jamesville-DeWitt’s Anthony Fico 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

An Oneida player stretches for a backhand during the Section III Class B and C-2 Boys Tennis sectionals at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
An Oneida player stretches for a backhand during the Section III Class B and C-2 Boys Tennis sectionals at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Along with Ingmire’s second-place first singles finish, Oneida added two third-place finishes. Seth O’Connell and Drew Hicks finished third in first and third singles respectively.

Class C-1

Cazenovia and Holland Patent each had two champions in Class C-1.

Cazenovia’s Traian Cherciu earned the first singles crown and teammates Cy Lurie and Carter Ruddy captured the C-1 second doubles title after defeating Holland Patent’s Daniel Carhart and William Zimmerman 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

For Holland Patent, Jeffrey Dewar continued his stellar season by adding Section III Champion to his resume. Dewar defeated Cazenovia’s Garret Lounsbury 6-2, 6-3 in the second singles finals. In third singles, fellow Golden Knight Carter Williams defeated Marty McNeil of Skaneateles 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.

Clinton’s Izzy Marcus and Jason Rivera took home third place in first doubles while Skaneateles’ duo of Hatcher Gutchess and Marcus McClanahan defeated Cazenovia’s Andrew Falso and Gabe Reagan 6-3, 7-5 to win the Class C-1 first doubles crown.

High schools from all over the area competed in the Section III Class B and C-2 Boys Tennis sectionals at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
High schools from all over the area competed in the Section III Class B and C-2 Boys Tennis sectionals at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Class C-2

Cooperstown picked up three wins at sectionals. Gunter Weldon’s winning ways from the regular season carried into the postseason as he defeated Hamilton’s Bergen Linden at first singles 6-0, 6-0 to win a Section III Class C-2 title. Aiden and Liam Spencer – members of the Cooperstown boys soccer team that won a section title back in the fall – claimed their second section championship of the school year after defeating Zachary Murphy and Lucian Thompson of Sauquoit Valley 6-1, 6-1. Addison Lewis and Ashlyn Wolfe gave the Hawkeyes their third championship of the day with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Morrisville -Eaton’s Payton Fidura and Tyler Schlotzhauer.

Sauquoit Valley was just behind Cooperstown with two winners. After a winter season that ended with Ruvim Petrushenko winning a boys volleyball sectional championship, he added another title to the collection with a 6-3, 6-2 second singles win over Trevor Wright of Morrisville-Eaton. Teammate Quincy Stayton defeated Natalie Hanson of Cooperstown 6-3, 6-1 to win the Class C-2 third singles tournament.

Colin Jones and Koda Schultz gave Sauquoit Valley a third-place finish in second doubles and teammate Bryan DeGironimo earned third place in the first singles division.

Other locals in the top-three included Hamilton’s Ethan Hanmer in the second singles division, Gage Marshall of Morrisville-Eaton in the third singles division and Morriville-Eaton’s Lacey Priest and Jason Schlotzhauer in first doubles.

Kenny Lacy is a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Kenny Lacy at klacy@gannett.com.

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