Boys Tennis: Lockport wins SouthWest Suburban Blue title
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media May 17, 2014 4:52PM
Lockport players celebrate their SouthWest Suburban Blue title. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 23, 2014 12:58PM
Lockport, which never had won a SouthWest Suburban Blue title in boys tennis, needed every point it could get Saturday to change that.
The Porters scored 27 points to win by one over Sandburg (26) to claim the title at the conference tourney, which was held at Andrew and Sandburg. Sandburg won the conference’s first five titles while Homewood-Flossmoor and Lincoln-Way East each won two. East was moved to the Red this season.
“We don’t have the really big guns like some of the teams do,” Lockport coach Bob Champlin said. “They can always count on those points. We were depending on winning as a team. We needed everyone to score, because we just don’t have that one player who can run it. That’s what’s impressive.”
Champlin said Sam Johnston’s second-place finish at No. 3 singles was a major lift.
“Sam beat the top seed in the semifinals, and that was a huge difference,” Champlin said. “We were seeded high in doubles and we didn’t get all of those points. We needed those points and he was able to do that.’’
The Porters’ second doubles team of Brian Hecker and Jake Polke and the fourth doubles tandem of Kyle Dybas and Bret Scialabba won their respective divisions. Jake Anderson finished second at No. 2 singles, the No. 1 doubles team of Mike Hasler and Pat Piwoni took second and the third doubles team of Nolan Witkowski and Chris Monte took third.
Joliet co-op’s Tom Carney won the overall singles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sandburg’s Jonluke Passet. Carney had to do some soul searching after finishing fourth April 26 at the Joliet Invitational. That included a shocking 6-0, 6-0 loss to Plainfield South’s Austin Russell.
“It was a reality check,” the two-time state qualifier said. “I was like, ‘Wow, I can get beat like that.’ My brother, Jack, came back home (after completing his freshman season at Northern Kentucky) and he hit with me and gave me good advice. I’ve been playing better ever since.’’
Devohn Hall, of Homewood-Flossmoor, won the No. 2 singles title while Sandburg’s Alec Lucic won at No. 3.
H-F’s No. 1 doubles team of Jacob Miguest and Jesse Myles won first place. Sandburg’s No. 3 doubles team of Tejesh Patel and Nick Wood also won a title.
H-F finished third with 24 points, followed by Joliet (14), Stagg (12) and Bolingbrook (2).