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Fri. April 8, 2011 | John C. Cotey | Email

After coming from behind to capture both doubles finals on Wednesday to force a tiebreaker, there was no turning back for the Wharton boys tennis team, as it beat Plant 4-3 Friday afternoon at Hunter's Green Country Club to claim the Class 4A, District 5 championship.

"It was very satisfying," said first-year coach Glenn Alvarez. "It's almost like they said since we won the doubles matches, it would be a shame to come this far and not win it all."

Senior Ben Hwang beat Tristan Kaye at No. 1 singles 8-3, and fellow senior Rohit Navelkar beat Brenton D'Adamo 8-6 at No. 2 singles, while freshmen Sam Chaffin and Alek Crnogorac won at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

The Wildcats, three-time defending state champions, will host Palm Harbor University on Tuesday in a regional at Hunter's Green, while Plant must travel to St. Petersburg.
 

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