High School Sports

East, O’Fallon, Edwardsville dominate boys tennis sectionals

Belleville East’s boys tennis team on Saturday won the Belleville West Sectional and qualified the maximum four entries for the state tournament, to be held next weekend in suburban Chicago.

The Lancers, who scored 24 points in the team standings to defeat runner-ups Belleville West and Mascoutah (13 points apiece), advanced juniors Kobi Phillips and Austin Klug in singles and seniors Chase Stumne and Jacob Hamilton and seniors Clayton Baldus and Sam Kellow in doubles.

Phillips placed first in singles, edging freshman Andy Graf of Mascoutah 6-2, 7-5 in the finals. Klug finished fourth, falling in his final match to Mascoutah junior Carlos Marascia 7-6 (4), 6-3. Graf and Marascia also qualified for the state tournament in the singles competition.

West qualified two doubles teams. Sophomores Drew Boyles and Derek Henke placed second, while juniors Ian Burger and Nick Harry were third.

Rounding out the team standings were Althoff (six), Waterloo (four), Collinsville (two) and Granite City (zero).

In the O’Fallon Sectional, the host Panthers easily won the team title, amassing 26 points and qualifying two singles players and two doubles teams.

O’Fallon will be represented at state by freshman Dominic Macaluso (first in singles) and junior Riley Muren (fourth in singles), and by senior Neal Shekar and junior Shree Patel (first in doubles) and seniors Matt Lloyd and Jon Garry (second in doubles).

Macaluso defeated Centralia freshman Caleb Urshan 6-4, 6-2 in the singles final. Urshan qualified for state, as did Highland senior Zach Plocher, who finished third by defeating Muren 6-1, 6-3.

Shekar and Patel defeated teammates Lloyd and Garry 6-3, 6-1 in the doubles final. Also qualifying for state in doubles were seniors Tanner Massa and Caleb Fagan of Triad, who placed third, and senior Ryan Long and junior Brett Barker of Highland, who finished fourth.

Highland and Triad, both with nine points, tied for second in the team standings. They were followed by Centralia and Mount Vernon (six apiece), Greenville (four), Hillsboro (two) and Salem (zero).

In the Alton Sectional, Edwardsville (26 points) took the team championship, winning its 15 consecutive sectional. The Tigers doubled up on second-place Alton (13). Civic Memorial (seven), Alton Marquette (four), Roxana (four), Wood River (four), Jerseyville (two) and Metro-East Lutheran (two) completed the team standings.

Edwardsville qualified two singles players and two doubles teams for the state tournament. Sophomore Erik Weiler and junior Luke Motley finished first and second in singles. The doubles teams of senior Jonathan Koons and freshman Alex Gray finished first, while senior Joe Mezo and junior Carson Ware finished fourth.

Alton qualified two doubles teams, as seniors Jackson Scheiter and Kain Henson placed second and seniors Carl Stradal and Andrew Hays finished third.

Also qualifying for the state tournament were Civic Memorial senior Brett Norvell in singles and Alton Marquette junior Nick Berkinbile in singles.