York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl took the York-Adams League Class AA boys’ singles tennis crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over teammate Michael Peck.
York Suburban's Elliot Diehl took the York-Adams League Class AA boys' singles tennis crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over teammate Michael Peck. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

John Schmitt of Dallastown and Elliot Diehl of York Suburban earned their first York-Adams boys' tennis singles championships on Monday afternoon.

It may not be their last titles, however.

Schmitt and Diehl are both juniors, so they'll be eligible to repeat the success again next spring.

That's next year. Right now, the duo's successful run through the 2014 bracket is still fresh in their minds.

Schmitt completed his championship quest with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sam Innerst of Red Lion in the Class AAA final.

Diehl, playing on an adjacent court at Wisehaven Tennis Center, bested York Suburban teammate, Michael Peck, 6-2, 6-0, for the Class AA crown.

Diehl became the second member of his family to win a York-Adams League singles championship. His father, Craig, captured the 1978 crown while playing for Spring Grove. Craig Diehl, who went on to a highly successful college career at Bloomsburg University, is also an 11-time York City-County men's singles champion.

"It feels really cool to match my dad," Elliot Diehl said. "He was a great player. He gives me little pointers. Not just strokes, but things on the mental side, too."

Diehl said it was exciting to play his classmate and teammate in the final. Peck had a terrific tournament in own right, advancing all the way from the No. 7-seeded spot to the final.


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"We're good friends," Diehl said. "I'm so excited for him, as I am for myself. He keeps a lot of balls in play, and I tried to overpower him a little."

Diehl displayed the poise of a veteran player who entered as the No. 1 seed.

"I have more experience playing matches this year, and maturity-wise, I'm not getting down on myself," he said.

AAA final: The Schmitt-Innerst duel, meanwhile, was a battle between two big-serving, big-forehand No. 1 players for their respective teams.

"I was just a little bit more consistent," Schmitt said. "It's really nice to win the title, especially since I played so well. Both matches against Sam (this season) were hard because Sam is a great player. You have to play great to beat him."

Schmitt held serve six of eight times during the two sets.

"I was really able to place the ball (while serving) in the backhand corner," Schmitt said. "Both of us have strong forehands, so we know the area where we have to attack."

Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said the first set was high-quality tennis by both players.

"That's probably as good as I've seen John play this year," Koons said. "Sam kind of brings out the best in John. He (Schmitt) knew he would have to play well to win the match."

Schmitt and Innerst gave an early insight in what a hard-fought clash it would be when the very first game of the match went to deuce seven times before Schmitt held serve.

Third-place matches: Quin Meyer of South Western prevailed in the Class AAA third-place match, 6-2, 6-3, over Mustangs' teammate Ben Sentz. Scott Bartkowiak, of York Catholic, won the Class AA third-place match, 6-2, 6-1, over Hanover's Nathan Arndt. Meyer and Barkowiak advanced to District 3 competition with the wins.

With rain in the forecast for Tuesday, the first two rounds of the Class AAA and Class AA doubles tournaments will be played indoors at Wisehaven, beginning with AA play at noon.

— Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.