ST. MARYS — Tuesday’s boys tennis match between DuBois and Elk County Catholic at Benziner Park went down to the wire, with the Beavers’ No. 1 doubles team of Noah Knarr and Lucas Knarr pulling out a thrilling 9-8 (10-8) victory against Isaac Wortman and Nick Daghir to give their team an overall 4-3 win.
Wortman and Daghir each scored singles wins for the Crusaders to open the day. Wortman upended Jimmy Oberlin, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1, while Daghir bested Noah Knarr in a third-set super tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 6-2, 6-7 at No. 2. The score for the tiebreaker was not available.
DuBois got singles wins from Corey Giles and Lucas Knarr. Giles topped Ken Baron, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3, while Knarr captured the fourth singles matchup against Sam Gregory, 6-3, 6-2.
The teams split the second and third doubles contests, setting up the winner-take-all matchup at No. 1 doubles.
The DuBois duo of Blaze Welpott and Ethan Knarr edged Evan Zelinski and Alex breindel, 8-6, at No. 3, while at No. 2 doubles Baron and Gregory teamed up to beat Zach Johnson and Cody Jaconski, 8-2.
“We were battling both the crazy winds and the awesome playing by ECC,” said DuBois coach Dave Martin. “So many matches involved tiebreakers and well-timed shots. Corey and Lucas kept us competitive and then going into doubles, the wins by Ethan and Blaze and then Noah and Lucas were clutch.”
DuBois (5-1) hosts Bradford on Thursday.
In other boys tennis action Tuesday:
DuBois Central Catholic 1
JOHNSONBURG — Visiting DuBois Central Catholic got a huge singles win from Colin Barnett at No. 1, but it was all Johnsonburg from there as the Rams won the other five matchups contested en route to a 5-1 victory.
Barnett was blanked in the first set by Johnsonburg’s Scott Lewis, 6-0, then responded by winning a hard-fought second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (10-8). The Cardinal then took the third set super tiebreaker 10-8 to win the match.
The No. 2 singles contest also went three sets, with Johnsonburg’s Kolton Mehalko outlasting gabby Sabatose, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 11-9.
Teammate Nick Bliss topped Haley Pettenati, 6-1, 6-2 at third singles, while Dan Dillinger came away with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Anne Latuska at fourth singles.
In doubles action, Johnsonburg’s duo of Scott Sallack and Josh Sorg pulled out a 9-7 win against Zach George and Tristan Engle at the No. 2 contest.
Lewis and Bliss then came back from their singles matches to pair up to beat Barnett and Sabatose, 8-2 at No. 1 doubles.
The third doubles contest was not held with the match decided and darkness closing in.
“This is the second time this year Colin came back to win after dropping the first set 6-0,” said DCC coach Andy Rice. “This says a lot about him as a person. He just doesn’t quit.
“Gabby played a great second set, and it looked like she had the third set won. Unfortunately for us, much like Barnett, Mehalko just refused to lose.”
Johnsonburg travels to Punxsutawney Thursday, while DCC (2-3) hosts Elk County Catholic today.
St. Marys 5,
ST. MARYS — St. Marys split its singles matches with Punxsutawney before sweeping all three doubles contests to come away with a 5-2 victory against the visiting Chucks.
Punxsy notched its only two wins at first and second singles, with Vincent Gigliotti topping Adam Snyder, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 and Garrett Fairman upending Zach Hart in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
St. Marys got rather easy wins in the other singles contests. Joe Lewis knocked off Braxton Sherry, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, while teammate Dylan Aiello beat Nick Humble, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles action, Dutchmen Jon Chamberlin and Lucas Erich edged Garrett Fisher and Ben Fezell, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles for their varsity win of the year.
Aiello and Lewis teamed up at No. 2 to beat Ben Skarbek, 8-1, while teammates Cody Schaberl and Kyle Gardner won by the same score against Chucks Johannes Fiske and Daniel Smith at third doubles.
“This was a total team effort,” said Dutchmen coach Tim Henry. “It was a good home win that gives us some honest feedback about what we are doing right and where we still can grow.”
St. Marys (3-1) plays at Brockway Thursday.
BROCKWAY — Host Brockway split the four singles matches with Bradford, but the Owls swept all three doubles contests to come away with a 5-2 victory.
Brockway got wins from Lewis Painter and Nathan Bennett at second and third singles, respectively. Painter topped Collin Haskins, 6-4, 6-2, while Bennett rallied from a set down to upend Troy Tabois, 5-7, 6-3, 10-5.
As for Bradford, Owl Brett Degolier bested Weston Hrin, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Caydn Sutherland beat Dalton Hook, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4.
No names were available for the Bradford doubles teams that won.
The Rovers are back in action Thursday at home against St. Marys.