Juniata edges BG in District 6 semis

No. 1 seed Juniata defeated No. 5 seed Bishop Guilfoyle, 3-2, in the completion of a District 6 Class AA semfinal Thursday at the Summit Tennis & Athletic Club that was started at Juniata earlier in the week.

BG’s wins came from No. 3 singles player Dominic D’Andrea, who defeated Louis Pacheco, 6-1, 6-2, and the No. 2 doubles team of Matt Keefer and Nick Fiore, who defeated Brad Strawser and Chantz Imes, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.

“All my boys came to play and were very good,” said BG coach Julie Donovan, whose team finished 13-6. “They worked hard all season. I have five juniors returning, so we should be good next year.”

Zane Clarke is the only BG senior.

Juniata later lost to Westmont Hilltop, 3-2, in the finals.

In a key match, Juniata No. 2 singles player Logan Aurand defeated freshman Jimmy Burke, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Juniata has a solid team,” Donovan said. “They have the No. 1 singles player in the district [Isaac Eck, who defeated Nick Centar, 6-0, 6-1]. All the boys know how to play.”

SINGLES: 1, Eck, J, def. Centar, 6-0, 6-1; 2, Aurand, J, def. Burke, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; 3, D’Andrea, BG, def. Pacheco, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES: 1, Lipka-Heck, J, def. Clarke-Sullivan, 6-3, 6-3; 2, Keefer-Fiore, BG, def. Strawser-Imes, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.

Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (13-6); Juniata (10-2).

Bisons fall in finals

WINDBER – Windber captured the District 5 Class AA championship, thanks to a 5-0 win over Bedford.

Windber won three singles matches and both doubles matches to advance to the state tournament.

“Congratulations to Windber, they have a solid veteran team,” Bedford coach Mark Anderson said. “Our goal was to win a district championship, but our boys still had a fine season. They can be proud of getting this far. We return a solid nucleus for next year”

Bedford will compete in the District 5 doubles tournament at home on Monday.

Windber advanced to the finals with a 4-1 win over Tussey Mountain. The Titans got their only victory at No. 2 where Aaron Duvall bested Stephen Thomas, 7-5, 6-1.

“Duvall put in a strong performance for us,” Tussey Mountain coach Paul Brumbaugh said. “Although the season didn’t end as we would have liked, we do have a nice core of returning players next year and will look to improve.”


SINGLES: 1, Hanley, W, def. Bittner, 6-2, 6-4; 2, Thomas, W, def. Jeffries, 6-0, 6-2; 3, Napora, W, def. Windows, 6-3, 6-0.

DOUBLES: 1, Statler-Sube, W, def. Gaumer-Karns, 6-3, 6-0; 2, Crognale-Feather, W, def. McDaniel-Black, 6-2, 6-0


SINGLES: 1, Hanley, W, def. Ruedinger, 6-3, 6-1; 2, Duvall, TM, def. Thomas, 7-5, 6-1; 3, Napora, W, def. Clark, 6-3, 7-6

DOUBLES: 1, Sube-Statler, W, def. Smith-Brown, 6-2 ,6-1; 2, Feather-Crognale, W, def. May-Fink, 6-4, 6-1.