Ricci, Clark claim D5 title

BEDFORD – Iacapo Ricci and John Clark of Tussey Mountain won the District 5 doubles high school tennis championship at Bedford Monday.

Logan Myslinski and Ben Windows of Bedford won their quarterfinal match before falling in the semifinals to the Somerset team of Tommaso Demozzi and Karam Salameh.

Ricci and Clark topped Demozzi and Salameh, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

“Iacapo and John persevered throughout their matches today and were able to make the winning shots when they needed them,” Tussey Mountain coach Paul Brumbaugh said. “Their playing time together this year has been limited, but after a slow start they were able to start clicking and picked up convincing wins in their first two matches. The finals were very tight throughout the first two sets, but Iacapo and John were able to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the third set and finished it out strong with a good service game and strong net play.

“They deserve credit for digging in and playing their best tennis when they needed to during the that third set. They represented the school well today and the team is proud of their accomplishment.”

Tyler Sprigg and David Cain won a first-round match for the Bisons.

KEY: B-Bedford; TM-Tussey Mountain; S-Somerset; W-Windber; H-H.O.P.E. for Hyndman.

FIRST ROUND: Sprigg-Cain, B, def. Devries-Kimmel, S, 10-6; Crognale-Tantorno, W, def. Emerick-Miller, H, 10-3.

QUARTERFINALS: Ricci-Clark, TM, def. Sprigg-Cain, B, 10-4; Statler-Thompson, W, def. Clites-Cook, H, 10-2; Myslinski-Windows, B, def. Smith-May, TM, 10-8; Demozzi-Salameh, S, def. Crognale-Tantorno, W, 10-5.

SEMIFINALS: Ricci-Clark, TM, def. Statler-Thompson, W, 10-4; Demozzi-Salameh, S, def. Myslinski-Windows, B, 10-5.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Ricci-Clark, TM, def. Demozzie-Salameh, S, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Altoona upsets SC

STATE COLLEGE – Fourth-seeded Altoona upset No. 1 seed State College, 3-2, in the District 6 Class AAA high school team tennis semifinals.

Chad Allender and Ryan Good, who were coming off their doubles championship, both won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively before Mustafa Ahmad and Matt Eiman’s doubles win clinched the victory.

State College has won the last 10 District 6 team championships.

SINGLES: 1, Allender, A, def. Shull, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3; 2, Good, A, def. M. Wherley, 6-1, 6-4; 3, S. Wherley, SC, def. Colledge, 6-3, 6-4.

DOUBLES: 1, Ahmad-Eiman, A, def. DelCastillo-Plowden, 6-2, 6-3; 2, Radhakrishna-Forest, SC, def. Houk-Rispoli, 6-1, 6-0.

Records: Altoona (9-2). State College (13-2).

Tigers edge Huskies

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Unbeaten Hollidaysburg swept the doubles competition to beat Mifflin County, 3-2, in the District 6 Class AAA team semifinals.

Amir Alkhafaji earned Hollidaysburg’s only singles win. Josh Cobler and Emre Cardakli teamed up to win in No. 1 doubles, while John Johnson and Eric Miller claimed the No. 2 doubles match.

The Golden Tigers will play Altoona at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Hollidaysburg in the district championship.

SINGLES: 1, Alkhafaji, H, def. Debenedetto, 6-3, 6-2; 2, Saltzer, MC, def. Sky, 6-1, 6-4; 3, Morgan, MC, def. Sheetz, 6-4, 6-4.

DOUBLES: 1, Cobler-Cardakli, H, def. Koller-Donaldson, 6-0, 6-1; 2, Johnson-Miller, H, def. Renninger-Fox, 6-1, 6-1.

Records: Mifflin County (11-6). Hollidaysburg (13-0).

Bearcats swept

MIFFLINTOWN – Second-seeded Juniata swept seventh-seeded Huntingdon, 5-0, in the District 6 Class AA high school tennis quarterfinals.

Chalmers Port and Jon Hark and Taylor Mitchell and Storm Grubb each won a set in their doubles matches, but ultimately fell in three sets.

SINGLES: 1, Eck, J, def. Perow, 6-0, 6-0; 2, Lipka, J, def. Scialabba, 6-0, 6-2; 3, Strauser, J, def. Thurston-Griswold, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES: 1, Imes-Heck, J, def. Port-Hark, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; 2, Pacheco-Stine, J, def. Mitchell-Grubb, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.