Dallastown boys' tennis repeats as District 3 team champions
The Dallastown boys' tennis team has gone back-to-back as PIAA District 3 Class 3A champions.
The No. 3-seed Wildcats defeated previously unbeaten No. 1-seed Cedar Crest, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club to capture the sixth district title in program history. Dallastown won all three singles matches to secure the victory and its first repeat championship since 2003 and 2004.
Hayden Koons, Andrew Chronister and Jacob Horn all won their singles matches to make the difference for Dallastown (17-2). The Falcons (15-1) claimed both doubles points after the outcome was already decided.
Chronister put the first point on the board with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Rocco Shkreli in the No. 2 singles match. Koons followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 1 match, and Horn added the third point with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Joe Shkreli.
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Cedar Crest's Charlie Robbins and Isaac Wolfe won the No. 1 doubles match over Dallastown's Bobby Nicholson and Neil Patel, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1). And the Falcons' No. 2 duo of Ben Sheffield and Ryan Glover trailed 4-1 in the third set but came back to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 over Ethan Sult and Nirvan Joshi.
The Wildcats knocked off their second undefeated foe in three days, having beaten No. 2-seed Cumberland Valley on the road Monday. This win also served as revenge for a regular-season meeting on March 21, when Cedar Crest topped Dallastown 3-2. Horn dropped a three-set match to Robbins in singles that afternoon but came through in a big way this time.
The PIAA team tournament begins Tuesday and will continue in Hershey next Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats, as the top seed from District 3, will face Harriton, the No. 5 seed from District 1, at a time and site to be determined.
Two Dallastown doubles tandems — York-Adams League tournament winners Koons and Chronister, as well as Nicholson and Patel — will compete in the district tournament this Friday and Saturday, also in Hershey.
Nighthawks knocked down: Hanover's season came to an end Wednesday in the District 3 Class 2A third-place match, as No. 5-seed Pequea Valley eliminated the No. 7-seed Nighthawks, 3-2.
Hanover (12-4) opened the district team tournament with a 3-2 victory over No. 2-seed Biglerville but fell 4-0 at No. 3-seed Conrad Weiser on Monday. The top three teams in each District 3 tournament advance to states.
Cullen Nakielny won a straight-set No. 3 singles match for the Nighthawks, while Aidan Chen and Ricardo Martinez added a straight-set victory at No. 2 doubles.
Pequea Valley's Wade Stoltzfus defeated Hanover's Charlie Zitto at first singles, while Cole Stoltzfus took down Brian Corona at second singles. The Braves (14-2) also won the No. 1 doubles match, with the team of Joel Peifer and Cole McEvoy putting a point on the board.
Zitto and Corona, along with Jared Solorzano and Nolan Chronister, will represent Hanover in the District 3 Class 2A doubles tournament beginning Friday at Hershey Racquet Club.