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F-M, J-D, MPH tennis stars win sectional titles

Goldberg, Susko survive doubles; Pollock, Clarkson are singles champs

In Division IV, Manlius-Pebble Hill’s Elizabeth Clarkson won the singles title from a no. 4 seed, rallying past Ashley Stocking (Lowville) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and then upsetting top seed Autumn Fallon (Waterville) 6-0, 6-3 before a 6-3, 7-5 finals win over Stocking’s Lowville teammate, Theresa Dines.

Olivia Sheppard also earned a trip to the state qualifier with her run to the semifinals, capped by a dramatic 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 quarterfinals victory over the no. 3 seed, Beaver River’s Andrea Peters, before Dines beat her 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals. MPH’s Caroline Blanck lost in the opening round.

Bishop Grimes’ top doubles team of Tina Hoag and Jordan Vaught backed up its no. 2 seed, beating Courtney Lehman and Jasmine Roggie (Lowville) 6-2, 6-1 and then surviving a three-set semifinal battle with Maxie Grogan and Rachel Roberts (Herkimer) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. Tired from these matches, Hoag and Vaught lost to Dana Bever and Ella Brutsky (Sauquoit Valley) 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.

In Division II doubles, J-D’s Karley Platenik and Maya Pollock made it to the state qualifier by defeating Braelie Kempney and Morgan Paige (Carthage) 6-1, 6-0 and also getting past Kassidy Kearns and Julia Ludington (Fulton) 6-4, 6-3. The run ended there, though, as Oneida’s Jillian Broddock and Jenna Russ beat Platenik and Pollock 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.

J-D’s Elise Catania beat Rachel McNeil (Homer) 6-2, 6-1 in her opening singles match, only to run into Froass in the quarterfinals, where Catania lost in three sets 6-2, 5-7, 6-0. East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jeanine Kohler lost in the opening round to Oneida’s Jenna Didio 6-1, 6-1.

Samantha Williams, originally set for singles, moved to doubles with Diane Choi, and the pair fought off Emma Bonk and Megan Shimkus (Indian River) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 before a quarterfinal defeat to Oneida’s Samantha Lusher and Lexi Skibitski 6-0, 6-3.

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