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Skelley, Stevens advance to final

Altoona Area High School’s Emma Skelley and Morgan Stevens will play in the District 6 Class 3A Doubles Tennis championship match today.

Top-seeded Skelley and Stevens defeated two teams on Tuesday at Mansion Park to advance to today’s noon final against State College’s Catelyn Janac and Quiana Guo, the No. 3 seed.

Skelley and Stevens beat Central Mountain’s Natalie Brown and Kati Kwaitek in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0, and beat Hollidaysburg’s Gretta Rhodes and Rachel Gallagher, the No. 4 seed, 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinals.

Rhodes and Gallagher had beaten DuBois’ Jesse Askey and Grace Askey in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0. Altoona’s Eve Hogan and Isabella Frank beat Hollidaysburg’s Ella Jodon and Lydia Lieb, 6-2, 6-3, before losing to Central Mountain’s Kendall McCluskey and Caroline Carpenetti, the No. 2 seed, in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-2.

The 2A final will also be held at noon today at Mansion Park with top-seeded and defending champion Olivia Ratchford and Emma Ratchford taking on the No. 2 seed, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Erin Talko and Sarah Manna.

FIRST ROUND

Natalie Brown-Kati Kwaitek, Central Mountain, def. Marissa Xu-Emily Zhang, State College, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Jesse Askey-Grace Askey, Dubois, def. Jalynn Yoder-Sky Curry, Mifflin County, 6-3, 6-1. Olivia Kahley-Sydney Kyle, Mifflin County, def. Alex Volpe-Lauren Milletics, Dubois, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6. Eve Hogan-Isabella Frank, Altoona, def. Ella Jodon-Lydia Lieb, Hollidaysburg, 6-2, 6-3.

QUARTERFINALS

Morgan Stevens-Emma Skelley, Altoona, def. Brown-Kwaitek 6-0, 6-0. Gretta Rhodes-Rachel Gallagher, Hollidaysburg, def. Askey-Askey 6-0, 6-0. Catelyn Janac-Quiana Guo, State College, def. Kahley-Kahley 6-2, 6-0. Kendall McCluskey-Carolina Carpenetti, Central Mountain, def. Hogan-Frank 6-4, 6-2.

SEMIFINALS

Stevens-Skelley def. Rhodes-Gallagher 6-1, 6-4. Guo-Janac def. McCluskey-Carpenetti 6-1, 6-0.

Ruhlman tops Shuke

SOMERSET — In a all-Bedford District 5 singles final, senior Emily Ruhlman took down her teammate, sophomore Josie Shuke, 6-2, 6-1, for her second consecutive district crown Tuesday at Somerset Area High School.

Ruhlman, the top seed of the tournament, defeated Windber’s Baylee Wojcik (10-3) and Chestnut Ridge’s Hannah Smith (10-2) en route to the finals.

Shuke, the eighth seed, picked up a win in the first round over Annalina Brant of Shanksville Stonycreek before pulling off the upsets of Somerset senior and second-seeded Abby Rosman (10-6) in the quarter finals and third-seeded Windber senior Riley Hanley, 10-1, in the semifinals.

FIRST ROUND

Baylee Wojcik, Windber, def. Lorin Harris, Somerset, 10-3. Josie Shuke, Bedford, def. Annalina Brant, Shanksville Stonycreek, 10-0.

QUARTERFINALS

Emily Ruhlman, Bedford, def. Baylee Wojcik, Windber, 10-0. Hannah Smith, Chestnut Ridge, def. Avery Custer, Shanksville Stonycreek, 10-2. Josie Shuke, Bedford, def. Abby Rosman, Somerset, 10-6. Riley Hanley, Windber, def. Delana Kissell, Chestnut Ridge, 10-1.

SEMIFINALS

Ruhlman, Bedford, def. Smith, Chestnut Ridge, 10-0. Shuke, Bedford, def. Hanley, Somerset, 10-1.

FINALS

Ruhlman, Bedford, def. Shuke, Bedford, 6-2, 6-1.

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