HANOVER — Two championships in four days.
York Suburban's Parker Lando has made a huge double-gold impact in his first varsity tennis season by winning both singles and doubles titles.
After capturing the York-Adams League Class 2-A singles crown on Saturday, Lando teamed with Liam Waterbury on Tuesday to capture the 2-A doubles event.
While Lando and Waterbury were securing the 2-A championship, Dallastown's Jonathan Burns and Sebastian May combined their skills on another court at South Western High School to win the 3-A doubles title.
"The doubles actually feels better than the singles because I played with my good friend, Liam," Lando said. "I'm just excited and happy right now."
After defeating Suburban teammates Jeff Ohl and Tomasz Ziminski, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals, Lando and Waterbury bested Littlestown's Noah DeCampo and Ryan Appleton, 6-0, 6-2, in the final.
"Liam, he just gets every ball back, and at the net, I just finish off the points," Lando said. "We only played one doubles match together during the regular season, and we won that, 8-0. We felt, we're a good team. We can win counties."
Lando, who plays tennis and soccer at Suburban (just like his father, Judd, did) began playing tennis when he was "seven or eight."
"I didn't really get into it until middle school. I really enjoy it, and I'm looking forward to districts (the District 3 2-A Singles Tournament)."
Class 3-A: While Lando became a high-profile player in his first varsity season, Burns and May flew under the radar at Dallastown. That's because they're on the same team with Holden Koons, who's won three York-Adams 3-A singles championships and two District 3 3-A singles titles in three varsity seasons. He'll be going for a third district crown this year.
Koons didn't enter the York-Adams doubles event this year, which gave Burns and May an opportunity to go for the gold.
Their quest proved successful when they wrapped up the title with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Red Lion's Alec Shue and Cameron Wheeler. Burns and May bested New Oxford's Justin Gruver and Michael Paganelli, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals.
"It's nice for Jonathan and Sebastian to get the spotlight a little bit," Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said. "They are definitely two of the best players in our league."
Burns and May complement each other on the court.
"I stick to hitting serves and let him (May) take care of things at the net," Burns said. "It works well for us. Sebastian and I knew we wanted to go for this (the York-Adams title), We're definitely looking forward to district (doubles)."
Following the championship matches, the winning teams posed together for photos.
"We're very close friends with York Suburban and Red Lion, too," Koons said.
"Cameron Wheeler's serve was unbelievable, probably the best serve on the court in the (3-A) final. Alec Shue, what a story of perseverance overcoming all the injuries."
Northeastern's Josh Sanderson and Lance Fries placed third in the 3-A tournament, and Suburban's Ohl and Ziminski took third in the 2-A competiton.
Reach Dick VanO'Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.