BG’s Talko makes Class 2A semifinals

PIAA tennis

HERSHEY — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School senior Ryne Talko advanced to today’s semifinals of the PIAA Class 2A Singles Tennis Championships.

Talko won two matches on Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club to set up a semifinal match against Dock Mennonite Academy senior Robert Cercos Gonzalez, the District 1 champ, at 8:30 this morning.

Talko defeated Thomas Jefferson junior Yash Maheshwari in his first-round match Friday, 6-1, 6-4, and then beat Windber sophomore Matthew Kozar, the District 5 champ, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

Western Wayne sophomore Lenny Maiocco and Masterman senior Jonathan Nottingham will meet in the other 2A semifinal. The championship is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Hollidaysburg Area senior Rami Alkhafaji lost in the first round in the Class 3A singles competition. He lost to Sameer Gangoli from Great Valley, the first-place finisher out of District 1 in Philadelphia, 6-1, 6-4.

“Rami played an outstanding second set against one of the top players in the state,” Hollidaysburg coach Brian Denis said. “He was up 4-3 and just couldn’t close out the set, but he gave a tremendous effort. It was a great way to cap off a wonderful four-year career. His game will only get better as he moves on the D-1 level at George Mason.”

Bedford Area senior Caleb Beidle and sophomore Johnny Imgrund, the District 5 champs, lost to Conrad Weiser’s Nicholas Balaci and Jack Fitzpatrick, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Class 2A doubles tourney.

“Caleb and Johnny played an extremely sound team out of District 3 who has advanced to (today’s) state semifinal,” Bedford coach Butch Beidle said. “They both started out strong and were tied 3-3 in the first set, but Conrad Weiser’s strong serving and superb net play proved to be the difference. We created a few deuce games but just couldn’t turn things around. I’m very proud of the way both Caleb and Johnny played. They fought hard the entire match.”

It was Caleb Beidle’s third straight appearance in the state doubles tourney.