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Shorecrest’s boys tennis team finished third at the Class A team competition Thursday at Red Bud Lake Park in Casselberry.
The Chargers, who finished second in last year’s state team competition, had three singles players still alive Thursday.
Alex Saltiel won the No. 2 singles championship 6-2, 6-2 over Ransom Everglades’ Joshua Dughi. Peter Litsky lost the No. 3 championship 6-1, 6-2 to Boca Raton St. Andrews’ Andrew Dykeman. At No. 5 singles, senior Brendan East lost to St. Andrews’ Ross Weiseman 6-4, 6-1.
St. Andrews won the team championship, followed by Ransom Everglades.
“We lost our best player from last year, Garrett (Betsarakis), and we were still able to finish third,’’ Shorecrest coach Matt Litsky said.
“That’s pretty good. And we have four of our five players coming back.’’
Class 3A: Osceola’s Michael Detsis and Alberto Lense had to wait an extra day to play their individual doubles match against Tallahassee Leon’s Alberto Ayala and Josh Record.
Detsis and Lense lost 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals. The duo made it to the semifinals after receiving a first-round bye, then advancing when their second-round opponents had to default due to injury.