3A, A state tennis: Dunedin's Beiler reaches first final

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Mon. April 18, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Dunedin’s Michael Beiler has won three straight district titles at No. 1 singles to move on to the state tournament.

That’s the easy part.

The more difficult task has been extending his stay.

Beiler did not make it past the first day the past two seasons.

This time, he did.

Beiler, a senior, remained undefeated by winning his quarterfinal and semifinal matches on the first day of the Class 3A individual singles tournament Monday at Lake Brantley. He moves on the final for the first time in his career today at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

“Michael played two great matches against some tough competition,” Falcons coach John King said. “His semifinal match was probably his toughest of the season.”

Beiler won 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the semifinals to move into the final.

At the 3A girls meet, Largo’s No. 1 doubles team of Kelly Taylor and Artemis Makris won their quarterfinal and advance to today’s semifinals. Taylor and Lisa Rickards each won one match in singles.

The Packers can finish no worse than fifth as a team.

Class A: Chargers in perfect position

Shorecrest’s boys are in second place with nine points after the first day.

Though they will not be able to catch front-runner Sagemont, the Chargers can finish no worse than third, which would be the highest finish in school history.

“The guys had a phenomenal day of tennis,” Shorecrest coach Matt Litsky said.

Garrett Betsarakis won both of his matches at No. 1 singles and will play Sagemont’s Zachary McCourt in the final. The Chargers’ Logan Elder also made the finals at No. 5.

Shorecrest’s No. 1 doubles team of Betsarakis and Alex Saltiel won their quarterfinal, as did Brendan East and Nick Litsky at No. 2.

On the girls side, Kathryn Komarnicki teamed with Savanna Roy to win an opening-round match at No. 2 doubles for the Chargers.

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