The Daily Star
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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
Sidney’s Nick Meno advanced to the top two in Section Four Class C-D East singles play with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Seton Catholic Central’s Liam Fontaine on Thursday at Bainbridge-Guilford.
Meno went 3-0 during the first day of the tournament, following a 6-1, 6-3 second-round defeat of Greene’s Cameron Chase with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Roxbury’s Joe McAfee and the semifinal triumph over Fontaine.
Another SCC player, Michael Perry, reached the top two with a 6-0, 6-2 semifinal win over James Warner of Margaretville.
Meno and Perry advanced to a C-D crossover against the top two players from the West at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Binghamton Tennis Center. Should Meno win his first match, he will grab one of the two automatic-qualifier spots for the State Qualifiers next Friday and Saturday -- regardless of the outcome of his second match.
Should Meno lose his first match, he would have to win his second to have a shot at reaching the State Qualifiers. In the event that Meno places third, he would advance to a challenge match at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the BTC against a third-place finisher from Class A or Class B. The winner of that match would earn a berth to the State Qualifiers.
Meno, who was undefeated in the Midstate Athletic Conference, is 11-2 on the season.
Two area doubles tandems also reached the semifinals Thursday. Windham’s Eddie Moran and Joe Pelham fell, 6-0, 6-2, to Connor Moriarity and Brian Leone of Greene. Margaretville teammates Brandon Belaski and Yair Sanchez dropped a three-set semifinal to Seton’s Ricky Miller and Alex McCann, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1.