BOYS' TENNIS: Holden Koons, Michael Andrews take titles
- Dallastown freshman Holden Koons won the York-Adams Class AAA crown.
- York Catholic's Michael Andrews captured the York-Adams AA championship.
- Both champions won their finals matches in straight sets.
Power and patience.
Dallastown's Holden Koons and York Catholic's Michael Andrews used different game plans to achieve the same result on Monday afternoon — a York-Adams League tennis championship.
Koons relied on thundering ground strokes and a booming serve to capture the York-Adams Class AAA singles title. The Wildcats' freshman phenom bested South Western's Ben Sentz, 6-2 6-0.
Andrews, meanwhile, won a ground-stroke duel with Fighting Irish teammate, Alberto Bruno, to seize the York-Adams Class AA singles crown, 6-2, 6-3.
"It's great," Koons responded when asked how it felt to win the AAA championship in his first attempt. "I look to do it the next three years, too."
Winning the York-Adams event allowed Koons to check off the first goal on his list.
"I'm looking forward to district (District 3) singles and the district team tournament. The district team tournament, that's our big goal," he said.
Koons, who generates tremendous power from his 5-foot, 8-inch, 138-pound frame, smashed 11 service winners and one ace in the opening set while double faulting just one time.
The left-hander didn't have as many service winners in the second set (five), but returned serve very well and consistently outlasted Sentz in ground-stroke rallies.
"He (Koons) is a great player," Sentz said. "I tried to play my best, but I couldn't beat him."
Koons, in turn, praised Sentz's effort.
"He played really well," Koons said. "He played better than he did the first time (the two met during the regular season). He made a lot of first serves and made it tough for me."
The Koons-Sentz match lasted just 50 minutes.
AA title match: Andrews and Bruno, meanwhile, exchanged shots for two hours.
"It felt like two hours," Andrews said. "I don't know if I could have played any longer. I lost a tough one last year (in the AA singles final). This (winning the title) was my goal."
The experience of having played in a title match helped Andrews in his second championship appearance.
"I was a lot calmer this year," he said. "It's tough playing a teammate because we know each other inside and out."
Bruno, an exchange student from Naples, Italy, and a junior at York Catholic, entered the tournament as the No. 4-seeded player, but he seized runner-up honors in his initial appearance.
"I'm really happy," Bruno said. "I made the final, and I beat the No. 2 seed. In the final, I had a strong opponent. He's really good."
Andrews will attend the University of Pittsburgh next year. Sentz plans to enroll at York College in the fall.
Joey Stiles, of New Oxford, bested Hunter Jones of Dallastown, 6-2, 6-2, to take the Class AAA third-place match. Adam Yingling of Gettysburg scored a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Brett Gill of Littlestown to earn third place in Class AA.
All the matches were played at Wisehaven Tennis Center. The event was moved from South Western because of threatening weather.
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