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Thursday's multi-sport high school roundup: Menchville boys breeze into PenSouth tennis final

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Boys tennis:

Group 5A:Menchville, which has lost only one dual match in two years, rolled into the PenSouth Conference 10 championship match by shutting out Indian River 6-0 Thursday morning at Huntington Park.

Matt Strehle, Austen Delnicki, Brandon Pingley, Jordan Moore and Ryan Ziemann all won in straight sets in singles for the Monarchs, clinching the match. Brandon Mueller, on line 5, completed the shutout by edging Jaxon Dick 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) in by far the day's most competitive match.

The Monarchs will play for the crown at 2 p.m. Friday against Great Bridge. The Wildcats outlasted their Chesapeake rival Hickory 5-4, winning on doubles lines 1 and 2.

Menchville and Great Bridge will advance to the eight-team Group 5A South Regional. Both will play teams from Atlantic Conference 9 in the first round.

Whoever survives among the four Hampton Roads squads will meet the winner among Richmond-area Conferences 11 and 12 -- which include nothing but teams from the former Central Region -- in the regional final and will advance to the state semifinals. Conference 11 champion Henrico and C-11 runner-up Deep Run are expected to get to that point.

The PenSouth singles and doubles tournaments for boys will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Huntington Park. The girls will begin at 1 p.m. that day.

Group 6A:

In the Monitor-Merrimac tournament at Western Branch, top-seeded Matthew Pittman of Bethel made a miraculous rally to reach the singles final and clinch a berth in the Group 6A South Regional.

Trailing by a set and 5-2, Pittman rallied past Western Branch's Patrick Drum in a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 semifinal. The Bethel star did so despite a wrist problem that made it difficult for him to hold his racket. He received frequent medical attention.

Pittman will face Grassfield's Bennett Thomas, the No. 3 seed, for the crown. Thomas defeated No. 2 Harry Holtzclaw of Western Branch 6-2, 6-0 in the other semifinal.

In doubles, no Peninsula teams made the semis. Thomas and Noah Warack overcame Holtzclaw and Ben Eller 6-2, 7-5 for the championship and both teams will advance to South Regional play at Varina High in Richmond.

Group 3A:

In a Colonial Rivers Conference 25 semifinal, No. 3 seed Ethan Buck of York defeated No. 2 seed Sam Washburn of Poquoson to reach the championship match and qualify for the East Regional singles tournament.

The win was a bit of payback for Buck, who lost in singles to Washburn in a 5-4 Poquoson dual win that ended the Falcons' season in a Colonial Rivers team semifinal.

In the other semifinal, Alec Gilliam of Lafayette was to meet top seed Jonathan Hartson of Colonial Heights.

In doubles, two York teams were in the semis, including a brother combo of Ethan and Walter Buck.

Group 4A:

With Heritage having wrapped up the team crown the previous day, individual tournament play began for Ironclad Conference 18 at Huntington Park. The tournament will resume Friday.

First-round singles victors included Denbigh's Josh Ramey and Heritage's Lorenzo Judkins.

Girls tennis:

Group 3A:

Like the regular season, the Colonial Rivers Conference 25 individual tournament has acquired a distinct York feel.

In the singles semis, the Falcons won both encounters against Lafayette. Top-seeded Teresa Alvarez of the Falcons beat the Rams' Hannah Trueblood, while York's Gaby Tersigni defeated Lafayette's Maia Rosewelsh.

York, which is unbeaten heading into the team regional, is favored to make it an all-Falcons final. Lafayette, whose only two dual losses have come to York, also is in the 3A East playoffs.

In doubles, which will follow singles, top-seeded Alvarez and Tersigni beat Rosewelsh and Tawni Hatcher to advance to the final and clinch an East Regional berth. Trueblood and Libby Bland were to meet New Kent's Clare Morris and Gina Sledd.

Group 5A:Warwick lost a memorable 5-4 marathon to Great Bridge in a PenSouth Conference 10 semifinal that took more than four hours at Huntington Park.

By beating the third-seeded Raiders, the second-seeded Wildcats clinched a South Regional berth and reached Friday's 2 p.m. conference final against their nearby rival Hickory. The top-seeded Hawks breezed past Menchville 5-0, winning eight 6-0 sets in singles.

Warwick, which didn't lose to a Peninsula opponent for the second season in a row, was tied at 3 after singles. That was thanks to victories by No. 1 Casey Williams, No. 3 Ellary Gantan and No. 5 Bryttan Chandler. Gantan's 7-5, 6-4 match featured numerous long rallies and lobs.

In doubles, Williams and Meg Lenz rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 win to give Warwick a 4-3 edge, but the Wildcats prevailed on line 3 and finally clinched the triumph when Haley Lane and Leslie Pullen outlasted Gantan and Pearl Ham 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Group 6A:

Kecoughtan's Cassie Ardern and Christia Aspili, the surprise champion of last year's Peninsula District doubles bracket, found more success in the first-year Monitor-Merrimac tournament.

They beat seeded tandems from Western Branch and Grassfield in straight sets to reach the championship match before losing 7-5, 6-1 to a top-seeded Grizzlies pair.

The singles final -- an all-Grassfield affair set for Friday -- will pit top-seeded Alina Creamer, one of the doubles champs, against Cameron Wooddell. Creamer is a cousin of LPGA star Paula Creamer.

The Peninsula player who fared best in singles was semifinalist India Hamilton-Brown of Bethel.

Group 4A:

Nansemond River edged Lakeland 5-4 Wednesday for the Ironclad team crown Wednesday, and individual tournament play commenced Thursday at Huntington Park with a few matches before heavy rain hit. The tournament will resume Friday.

Girls soccer:

Western Branch and Kecoughtan were tied at 1 and in overtime when their Monitor-Merrimac Conference semifinal was suspended because of rain.

It will resume at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Grassfield's stadium, where it began. Then, at 7:30, the host Grizzlies will take on No. 5 Woodside.

Alexa Ruffin scored in the 25th minute for the Warriors. Kecoughtan led 1-0 until the Bruins' Libby Hinton scored on a 25-yard free kick that got through the goalkeeper's hands in the 74th minute -- about 13 minutes after Hinton failed to convert a penalty kick.

The girls title match was reset for 5:30 Wednesday, followed by the M&M boys final. ...

Jamestown ran to a 10-0 win over Bruton.

Boys soccer:

Lafayette, the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Rivers Conference tournament, cruised past No. 7 Southampton 9-0 at Wanner Stadium.


New Kent (13-7) won a pair of games from Bruton. First, the Trojans scored twice in the sixth -- the first extra inning -- to win 2-0. Then, New Kent built a three-run lead and won 3-2, though the Panthers plated two runs in the fifth.

New Kent's Tyler Lambert was 3-for-5 for the day, including a 2-for-2 effort in Game 2, and stole a pair of bases. ...

Derek Poole batted 3-for-4 and scored a run as Gloucester (16-3) shut out Warhill 9-0.


Smithfield held off Warwick 3-2 in a non-conference matchup of area powers, with Sydney Gay striking out 11 and pitching a three-hitter for the victory. ...

New Kent swept Bruton 3-0 and 4-2 in five-inning games, with Marisa Bush pitching a no-hitter in Game 1. ...

Hickory shut out PenSouth opponent Hampton 6-0, holding the Crabbers to one hit.

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