May 19, 2009


Trojan Haugen’s sectional run gets halted in semifinals

Jacob KlingerJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Jacob Klinger won his opening match at first singles before being ousted at the Section 3 Class B tournament in Utica on Monday.

UTICA — Homer’s Stefan Haugen had the top individual performance among local players Monday in the Section 3 Class B tennis championships at the Parkway Courts in Utica.
Haugen, seeded third at third singles, got a first-round bye and then beat Akhil Reddy of New Hartford (no score reported) before falling to John Zielenski of Holland Patent 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Zielenski had beaten Cortland’s Mike Hall 6-1, 6-4 in the first round, Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath noting that “Mike gained valuable experience and settled down to play a very competitive second set.”
Cortland High’s Jacob Klinger beat Homer’s Jeff Eves 6-4, 6-4 in the first round at first singles before losing to second-seeded Trevor Haskell of Oneida 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. “It was good to see Jacob come out playing well,” Walrath said. “In the quarterfinals he came out strong before being worn down by Trevor’s power.”
Two local players made it to the quarterfinals at second singles. Colin Heasley beat Denny Mantra of Syracuse CBA 6-1, 6-1 before falling 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to New Hartford’s Marcantonio May.
“Colin played confidently and within himself,” Walrath said. “His fourth-place finish from last year’s sectional experience definitely helped him. His quarterfinal match was a see-saw affair, and he ended up losing a close third set. Colin had two game points to go up 5-4 in the final set. A couple of pressure points didn’t go his way, including a net cord ball by his opponent. That’s tennis. Colin outscored him in games won 14-13 but lost the match.”
Homer’s Riley Bauer won his first match at second singles 6-1, 6-3 over Travis Grant of Camden, then lost to Oneida’s Paul Froass 6-2, 6-2.
Homer had two doubles teams win their first matches before losing in the quarterfinals. Andy Saraceno and Ty Camp beat Hill and Frangiaone from Cazenovia 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 at first singles before losing to Nardella and Mulligan from CBA 6-0, 6-1.
At second doubles, Greg Eves and Casie Garrison beat Cortland’s Jack O’Donnell and Kyle Tomlinson 6-1, 6-0 and then fell to CBA’s Ojugbelli and Martino 6-2, 6-2.
The Purple Tigers’ first doubles tandem of Randy Lin and Kelley Thomsen lost their only match, 6-1, 6-0 to Rowe and Hughes from Mexico. “Our doubles teams also will gain from their experiences,” Walrath said. “We were tentative throughout both matches, making uncharacteristically silly mistakes. It was an eye-opener for the doubles as they watched a couple of accomplished doubles teams play.
“If as a result of yesterday players play more in the off-season then that will be an added bonus. It is an outstanding accomplishment just to qualify to play in tennis sectionals.”
— In late reports from Friday, Cortland beat visiting East Syracuse-Minoa twice by 4-3 scores in a pro-set doubleheader to improve to 6-5 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 8-6 overall.
Earning wins in the first match were Hall at fourth singles and the doubles teams of Lin and Thomsen (first),O’Donnell and Tanner Jones (second) and Joshua Barber and Kyle Fussner (third; forfeit). Jim Williams won third singles and Tanner Jones fourth singles in the second match, while Klinger and Hall won at first doubles and Mike Morgan and Kyle Davis were forfeit winners at third doubles.