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May 17, 2014

OHS senior Kelby cruises to sectional tennis title

Staff Report

Oneonta High senior Emerson Kelby won his third straight Section Four Class B tennis title, beating Johnson City’s Colin Corry, 6-4, 6-2, in Friday’s final at the Oneonta Tennis Club.

The tournament started Thursday at Wilber Park but was moved inside Friday because of rain.

Kelby improved to 15-0 on the season and hasn’t lost to a Section Four opponent since falling to Corning’s Artem Khrapko, 6-3, 6-3, in the championship match of the Section Four State Qualifer in 2012.

OHS coach Paul van der Sommen said it’s likely Kelby and Khrapko will meet again in this year’s Section Four State Qualifier, which begins at 9 a.m. this coming Friday at the Binghamton Tennis Center.

Kelby won all three of his matches in straight sets, including a 6-2, 6-3 semifinal victory over Norwich’s Matt Craig.

The Yellowjackets’ doubles team of Jonah Herold and Aaron Earle-Richardson placed third to earn a spot in a State Qualifier play-in match. Herold and Earle-Richardson defeated Susquehanna Valley’s Andrew Emmons and Ryan Bunker, 6-0, 6-0, in the third-place match.

“It’s probably the best tennis they’ve ever played,” van der Sommen said.

Herold and Earle-Richardson will play a Section Four Class C-D team at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the BTC for a chance to get into main draw.

OHS finished second to Norwich in the team competition.

TRACKMAC Championships

Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s boys and girls won team titles Thursday during the Midstate Athletic Conference Championships at Greene.

Junior Julia Knapp led B-G/A’s girls to victory. Counting Monday’s pentathlon triumph, Knapp won five events as the Bears compiled 163 points. Sidney finished second at 125.

On Thursday, Knapp won the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, as well as the long and triple jumps.

Knapp ran one of her top times of the season in the 100 hurdles, crossing in 15.1 seconds – more than 2 seconds faster than runner-up Emma Egli of Sidney. Knapp’s 1:10.1 in the 400 hurdles was good for a 6-plus-second triumph over Kasey Peters of Oxford.

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