Oneonta High junior Emerson Kelby had little trouble winning his second straight Section Four Class B tennis championship, dropping a total of five games over two days of singles play at Owego.
Kelby followed a first-round bye with a 6-0, 6-1 cruise past Maine-Endwell’s Brian Talbot on Thursday, then swept Norwich’s Roman Cwynar, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to Friday’s semifinal round.
Friday’s opponents offered little resistance as Kelby knocked off Evan Picciano of Chenango Forks, 6-1, 6-0, before topping Johnson City’s Colin Corry, 6-1, 6-2, in the title match.
Kelby, who beat Corry, 6-3, 6-1, last season for his first sectional crown, automatically qualified for the Section Four State Qualifiers next Friday and Saturday at the Binghamton Tennis Center.
“He should gave a good chance to reach states,” OHS coach Paul van der Sommen said of Kelby, who improved to 16-0 this season. “The guy he lost to last year in the State Qualifiers (Corning’s Artem Khrapko) is doing track this year. It’s kind of sad because we’d like to get back at him.”
Although Kelby fell to Khrapko, 6-3, 6-3, in a battle of unbeatens last season, he still qualified for the state tournament. Kelby lost both of his state matches to finish his sophomore season 17-3.
Teammates McKenna Rowe and Stijn van Pel made it through the first round of doubles play Thursday but were eliminated from the sectional title race with a second-round loss. Rowe and van Pel opened with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Chenango Valley’s Nick Simons and Michael Spena. The OHS duo then fell, 6-3, 7-5, to Norwich’s Danny Carson and Grant Brightman.
After getting a first-round bye, the Yellowjackets’ John Scott and Chris Lentner fell, 6-0, 6-0, to Norwich’s Zan Stewart and Colin Stewart in the second round of doubles play Thursday.
Class C-D East