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Boys Tennis: Home team claims third at Lockport Invite

Lockport’s Mike Hasler returns shot Saturday Lockport Invitational.  |  Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Lockport’s Mike Hasler returns a shot Saturday at the Lockport Invitational. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 12, 2014 7:00AM



After playing seven hours of tennis with prom looming and a three-hour bus ride ahead, Champaign Centennial’s first doubles team of Andrew Scaggs and Patrick Kearney had to play a tiebreaker against Downers Grove North’s Chandler Downs and Mantas Kisielius.

And it was a big one.

The two downstate stars kept their focus and knocked off the North players, 8-6 in the tiebreaker, which allowed Centennial to beat North 3-2 in the championship round to win its first Lockport Invitational Saturday.

The Chargers made a quick exit after a brief team talk and picture session but they did plenty of damage in the 16-team tournament while they were in town. They knocked off Plainfield South 4-1, Lincoln-Way Central, 5-0 and St. Ignatius 4-1 before beating the Trojans, who had won the tournament at least three years in a row, according to tournament officials.

Before suffering the heartbreaking setback in the championship, the Trojans dominated in the tournament, beating Coal City 5-0, Lincoln-Way North 5-0 and Lockport 4-1.

“It was a great afternoon and it went down to some tiebreakers,” North coach Dana Graczyk said. “The boys played hard and fought hard and I’m really proud of them.”

Sam Meegan-Spener Schillerstrom went 4-0 at No. 2 doubles for the Trojans while Mike Yong went 3-1 at No. 1 singles.

Lockport, which was seeded fifth, claimed third place with a 4-1 victory over St Ignatius. The Porters beat Nazareth 5-0 and won an important 3-2 match over Bradley to reach the final four.

“We were hoping to make it to the semifinals because we knew that we would be facing great competition in the final two matches,” Lockport coach Bob Champlin said. “At this time of year, you want to face good competition because conference and sectional meets are coming up.’’

Mike Hasler won three doubles matches with partner Pat Piwoni and a No. 1 singles match after Champlin mixed his lineup around for the third-place match when Piwoni left for a band concert in Champaign.

Bradley beat Oak Forest 3-2 for fifth place. Lincoln-Way Central beat Lincoln-Way North 3-2 for seventh.

Oswego beat Plainfield Central, 4-1, for the consolation title.



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