Varsity Boys Tennis

Sacred Heart Prep 5, Saratoga 2

Date of competition: Friday, May 9, 2008

Correct this score or report an objectionable comment

Enter box score/stats

Comments: 15

Getting outstanding performances from its four freshmen, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' tennis team captured the Central Coast Section championship on Friday with a 5-2 thumping of top-seeded Saratoga at the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos. The Falcons (19-2) came into the match having already beaten the No. 3 Gators (24-3) this season, but that only gave SHP motivation for payback. And payback was sweet as the Gators also avenged last season's 4-3 loss to Bellarmine in the CCS semifinals, which ended SHP's 2007 season at 26-1. There would be no repeat of that finish this season, thanks in part to SHP freshmen Andrew Malozak, Mario Paganini, Pedro Robinson and Kyle Scherba. Malozak made quick work of Bellarmine transfer Mike McGinnis with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles. Paganini joined with junior Mark Westerfield to win at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-3, and the all-freshman tandem of Robinson and Scherba added the final exclamation point to the victory with a three-set win at No. 3 doubles. Juniors John Michael Hansen and John Parsons gave Sacred Heart Prep a quick 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 doubles. The match, fittingly, was clinched by senior Jamie Hutter. It was Hutter and fellow seniors Billy McCall and Erik Blumenkranz who promised their teammates following a 5-2 loss to Saratoga in March that things would be different if the teams met again. While Blumenkranz lost to Saratoga's John Lamble at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3, and McCall dropped his No. 4 singles match, Hutter made sure the seniors made good on their vow with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph at No. 2 singles to produce the winning point. The CCS title for Sacred Heart Prep is the team's third, but only the first in the single-division format. The Gators won Division II crowns in 2005 (against Menlo) and '06 (vs. Saratoga). Both the Gators and Falcons will advance to the NorCal Tournament set for May 16-17 at UC Davis.

posted by Keith Peters on May 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Comments: 3


Report Objectionable Comment or Incorrect Information.

posted by Keith Peters on May 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Sacred Heart Prep's Jamie Hutter (right) gets a hug from fellow senior Erik Blumenkranz following Hutter's victory at No. 2 singles to clinch the Gators' 5-2 tennis win over Saratoga in the CCS team finals last Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Contact the photographer.

 
Report Objectionable Comment or Incorrect Information.

posted by Palo Alto Online on May 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm
 
Report Objectionable Comment or Incorrect Information.

posted by Palo Alto Online on May 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Video
Sacred Heart Prep senior Jamie Hutter won three tennis matches at No. 2 singles, helping eliminate No. 2 Bellarmine in the semifinals and then winning the clinching match to beat top-seeded Saratoga in the CCS team tournament championship match.
 
Add your own comment or photos

* Required!

Game comments, highlights or stats
Who you are *
Name *
E-mail address *
Allow people to contact me about photos Yes No
By checking this box "yes", anyone interested in contacting you to obtain a copy of your photo will be able to send you an e-mail inquiry. They will not, however, see your e-mail address.
YouTube Video Link
Video Help Using YouTube to add video...
To add videos to our site, follow these steps:
  1. Upload your video (maximum of about four minutes) to a YouTube account. If you don't already have a YouTube account, create one for yourself by following the easy directions on the YouTube web site.
  2. Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube, write down or copy/paste the URL web link for your video and enter it on to the Embarcadero Publishing video posting form. Do not use the "Embed" code.
  3. Your video will then be available for viewing under that particular game report and on the team page (if one exists.)
  4. Videos featured on the sports home page are controlled by Palo Alto Online and are selected from among the videos posted by players, parents and coaches.
  5. If you have problems, please contact us at [email protected].
Video Caption
Please include the names of the people featured in the video, if known.
Use the button below to browse your computer for the photos you'd like to include in this post.
Please only use normal characters in your file name. Photos must be JPEGs.
Photo 1:
Photo 1 Caption:
Photo 2:
Photo 2 Caption:
Photo 3:
Photo 3 Caption:
Photo 4:
Photo 4 Caption:
Photo 5:
Photo 5 Caption:
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
*
Verification Code:   

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.