Dallastown, York Suburban teams capture York-Adams doubles crowns
HANOVER — Dallastown's John Schmitt and Tyler Lilie go their separate ways when it comes to fall sports.
"He's a soccer guy, and I'm a football guy," Lilie said.
When spring sports season rolls around, though, Schmitt and Lilie are both tennis guys.
They combined their skills the last two days to capture the York-Adams Class AAA Boys' Doubles Championship. The Wildcats' duo secured the title with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over New Oxford's Joey Stiles and Mike Gruver in the championship match.
Meanwhile, on an adjacent court at South Western High School, York Suburban's Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck won the Class AA doubles crown for the second straight year by besting York Catholic's Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak, 6-2, 6-2.
Both teams, Schmitt and Lilie and Diehl and Peck, swept through their four matches without losing a set.
"We finished third last year," Lilie said. "We were seeded No. 1 both years, so that (finishing third) was a little disappointing, but we put it in the past. I was a little worried (coming into the tournament), because during the regular season, we played only one or two matches together. But today was probably the best we played together."
Schmitt agreed with his partner's assessment of the title match.
"We played a fantastic match overall," Schmitt said. "Tyler, he played insanely well. He has great shots and he's really improved at the net."
After blowing through the first set, Schmitt and Lilie jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set. Stiles and Gruver, though, fought back, winning the next two games, but the Dallastown guys weren't going to be denied in their bid for the gold medals. Lilie closed the match with a flourish, pounding an overhead for a winner.
A sophomore, Lilie will return next year, but he'll have to find a new partner. Schmitt will graduate this spring.
"John, he's a great all-around player," Lilie said. "It's amazing and fun playing with him. He has a quiet side, but he leads by example."
Player like to share: Before teaming with Lilie in the doubles tournament, Schmitt won the York-Adams Class AAA Singles Championship for the second straight year.
"Both (titles) are great, but I like doubles because you get to share it with someone," Schmitt said.
Diehl, who earned the York-Adams Class AA singles title the past two seasons, echoed Schmitt's thoughts on winning both singles and doubles championships.
"Singles is good, but it's great winning with a teammate," he said. "We (Diehl and Peck) are great friends, and we're always talking and planning strategy. We'll sit down and talk about what we can do to get better, and what we can do to beat teams."
Diehl, who displays excellent touch around the net and a strong serve, served an ace to put his team up 5-1 in the second set. In the eighth, and final game, Diehl put away a backhand volley on match point.
"Elliot was very good last year, but we've both improved this year," Peck said. "His serve is really good, and mine has gotten better."
Peck said the 2015 doubles title is a little more special than the 2014 one.
"Especially since it's sinking in that it's almost May, and everything is coming to a close," he said. "I'm happy to have this one."
Semifinals and third-place matches: Schmitt and Lilie defeated Red Lion rivals, Sam Innerst and Alec Shue, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals while Stiles and Gruver defeated South Western's Gavin Kenny and Ben Sentz, 6-4, 6-1, in the other AAA semifinal. Kenny and Sentz outlasted Innerst and Shue in the third-place match, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5.
In Class AA, Peck and Diehl downed Suburban teammates Daniel Lee and Tyr Abendschoen, 6-1, 6-1, in one semifinal, and Andrews and Bartkowiak rallied to overcome Gettysburg's Adam Yingling and Zach Kiick, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the other semifinal.
Yingling and Kiick prevailed in three sets over Lee and Abendschoen in the third-place match, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
— Reach Dick VanO'Linda at email@example.com.