Now that they were together in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division, the Cazenovia and Chittenango boys tennis teams could have head-to-head meetings each spring.
With the weather warming up and the sun out, the two neighbors clashed twice in the span of a week, and it was the Lakers winning both times.
It started last Monday afternoon, with Cazenovia sweeping all three doubles matches, emerging with a 4-1 victory over the Bears.
Eli Lagorga got it started in first singles, earning a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Josh Carpenter. Galen Okoniewski worked past Scott Barrett 6-2, 6-1, while Connor Eisworth defeated Kyle McGinnis by scores of 6-4 and 6-1.
Moving to doubles, Chittenango got on the board when Conor Delaney and Rich Kiss roared past Wyatt Lansing and Mason Stehle 6-1, 6-1. The Lakers countered when Bob Kmetz and Harry McDonough shut out Jacob Fields and Austin Purcell 6-0, 6-0.
Friday’s rematch had shuffles in personnel and a slightly different point distribution, but the same result as Cazenovia edged Chittenango 3-2 this time around.
This time, the Bears sent Kiss and Delaney to singles, and both would win. Kiss beat Lagorga 7-6, 6-4, while Delaney put away Lansing 6-3, 6-1.
In doing this, Chittenango gave up its doubles edge, which Cazenovia exploited. Eisworth and Okoniewski beat Carpenter and McGinnis 6-1, 6-1, with Ben Kmetz and Harry McDonough beating Scott Paikin and Austin Purcell 6-4, 6-2. Stehle played in third singles and earned a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Fields.
In between these matches, Cazenovia lost a 4-1 decision to Skaneateles, only getting on the board when Eisworth defeated Zach Driscoll 6-4, 6-4.
Lagorga and Okoniewski both dropped their singles matches in straight sets, while Ben Concilla and Harry McDonough went to three sets in doubles before taking a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 loss to Tom Bronk and Griffin Walawender.