Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Boys region tennis: Plant rolls over Palm Harbor U.

TAMPA — Fresh off a district title, Plant made quick work of Palm Harbor University with a 7-0 victory in Tuesday's first-round region match in Class 4A at Cal Dickson Tennis Center.

No. 1 Tristan Kaye, No. 2 Brenton D'adamo and No. 4 Lantz Martin each won singles matches 6-1, 6-1, while No. 3 Mike Secular and No. 5 Adam Osiason won in two sets.

Plant earns a rematch with district rival and defending state champ Wharton in the second round. Plant reached this round two years ago but lost to the Wildcats, who went on to win the first of two state titles.

"We're looking forward to it," said Martin, Plant's captain and a four-year top-five singles player. "It would prove that we've utilized our talent as well as we knew we could. We've never stepped up like that before, but I know we have the talent to win."

4A: Wildcats rebound

ST. PETERSBURG — Two-time defending Class 3A state champion Wharton barely made it out of districts. The Wildcats' region semifinal against St. Petersburg at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center was a bit less suspenseful.

Wharton took four of five singles matches and both doubles points in a convincing 6-1 win.

"We're really looking forward to trying to get our third straight title," No. 1 player Mike Alford said.

Alford held off St. Petersburg's Edward Corty 6-1, 6-3. Ben Hwang took care of Philip Novikov 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. At No. 3, Rohit Navelkar won 6-0, 6-1 over Robert Perry, and Jon Ho handled Danny Zakira 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.

Alford and Navelkar teamed to win 8-5 in the top doubles spot, and Hwang and Ho were 8-4 winners at No. 2 doubles.

3A: Hillsborough rolls

TAMPA — Hillsborough appears well on its way to states, dropping one game in singles play against Largo to win 7-0.

No. 1 Brian Kowalski, No. 2 Jack Murphy, No. 3 Alex Peckham and No. 4 J Mendoza each won 6-0, 6-0, and No. 5 Karim Saad won 6-0, 6-1.

District and region realignment has been kind to the Terriers, who haven't dropped a match in district play.

"It's kind of funny how it's working," Murphy said. "We're in a new district and a new region, so we're kind of blind out there."

3A: East Bay cruises

CLEARWATER — East Bay won in regionals for the first time, defeating Dunedin 6-1.

The Falcons started strong at No. 1 singles with Mike Beiler beating Kyle Whiteside 6-4, 6-1.

But the Indians took control, with Tim Anderson (No. 2), David Giampa (No. 3), Robbie Kopstad (No. 4) and Dawson Diehl (No. 5) winning easily.

"I felt good about our chances," East Bay coach Kevin Hughes said. "About the only surprise was at No. 1 singles. But (Beiler) is a very good player."

2A: Jesuit too strong

TAMPA — Jesuit coach Joe Curtis had concerns about the Spartans' experience — Lakewood starts four seniors and a junior — but the Tigers rolled to a 5-0 win.

All freshmen, the Tigers' top three — No. 1 Jamie Sullivan (6-2, 6-2), No. 2 Jordan Nasser (6-1, 6-1) and No 3. David Pagiarulo (6-3, 6-4) — led Jesuit. No. 4 Ryan Walden (6-1, 6-0) and No. 5 T.R. Bopp (6-1, 6-0) also cruised.

"We played very well (Tuesday), but we know Thursday we'll have to play even better," Curtis said.

2A: Steinbrenner falls

Bayshore knocked off visiting Steinbrenner 4-3. No. 1 Tianyu Bao defeated Steinbrenner's Luke Blankenship 6-1, 6-0 before teaming with Pedro Garcia to defeat Blankenship and Anthony Melatti 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles to clinch the match.

A: Berkeley focused

Berkeley Prep dropped just six total games in five singles matches in a 5-0 win over visiting Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic.

No. 1 Nathan Graddy, No. 2 Eric Fitz-Randolph, No. 3 Zach Ayers, No. 4 Nikita Leonov and No. 5 Gannon Kennedy all won in straight-set matches.

"We looked very focused (Tuesday)," Berkeley coach Gary Baker said. "No one dropped more than one game in a set. We played them earlier, but we've been working the whole year for this week. We came in and took care of business."

A: Tampa Prep ousted

All Saints' rolled to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Prep, and its only loss came at No. 5 singles. Tampa Prep's Robbie Carter defeated Terrence Nealy 6-3, 6-3.

Times staff writers Bryan Burns and Bob Putnam, the Lakeland Ledger and the Bradenton Herald contributed to this report.

. Up next

Regional, Round 2

All matches Thursday at 3 p.m.

4A: Wharton at Plant

3A: East Bay at Hillsborough

2A: Bayshore at Jesuit

A: All Saints' at Berkeley Prep

Boys region tennis: Plant rolls over Palm Harbor U. 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  2. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  3. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule

    Tennis

    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]