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Trojan Boys Tennis falls in Regional Finals

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Through the first 45 minutes on Wednesday, Chesterton coach Tom Bour couldn’t have written a better script.

The CHS boys tennis team took the first set in four of five positions, but couldn’t close it out and dropped a 3-2 decision to Penn in the IHSAA LaPorte Regional Finals.

“We were hoping to be up on three courts after one set and we were up on four,” Bour said. “To win four sets against a team as great as Penn is such a great accomplishment. A lot of credit goes to the boys for believing in themselves and showing up and playing with confidence and heart.

“They’ve done it all year.”

The Trojans first team point came at No. 2 doubles when Drew Engels and James Navarro beat Jackson Burhing and Jack Dinnon 6-3, 6-3.

“It was a great win. I’m very happy for Drew and James to pull that win off,” Bour said. “They’ve been solid all year long. They stayed up and didn’t give Penn any hope or lead. They withstood all the runs they came up against.”

The final team point came at No. 3 singles when Troy Feller outlasted Peter Yang 6-3, 7-5.

“Troy has been great at No. 3. He’s 7-4 on the year and been sharing the spot with Azeez (Lakhani),” Bour said. “They are both so selfless. They know they are sharing the spot and they’ve come out and played great every time I’ve asked them to.”

At No. 1 doubles, Chad Whelan and Nick Hanson won the opening set before falling 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Corydon Gaff won the opening set at No. 2 singles before losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

“Chad (Whelan) and Azeez (Lakhani) don’t know anything besides winning,” Bour said. “And to get them an extra win this year in the Regional is something we talked about before we played New Prairie. It wasn’t just another match. It was an opportunity to do something that’s never been done before.

“They’ve been outstanding leaders and have been exactly what you want out of senior captains. I couldn’t have asked for two better guys.”

IHSAA Regional


Penn 3, Chesterton 2

Singles -- 1. Will Thurin (P) def. Luke Liapes 6-1, 6-0; 2. Aiden Sucharetza (P) def. Corydon Gaff 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; 3. Troy Feller (C) def. Peter Yang 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles -- 1. Sid Das/Alvin Wang (P) def. Chad Whelan/Nick Hanson 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; 2. Drew Engels/James Navarro (C) def. Jackson Buhring/Jack Dinnon 6-3, 6-3.

Record: Chesterton 12-6.



Posted 10/4/2018




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