O’Hara closes best regular season in 14 years

Cardinal O’Hara completed its best regular season in coach Patty Fitzgerald’s 14 years in charge. The Lions defeated Bonner-Prendergast, 5-0 to close the year 6-2 in the Philadelphia Catholic League, good for the No. 3 seed in next week’s playoffs. O’Hara dropped just one set, and it came in the first singles match. Andrew Shuda dropped a 1-6 decision to the Friars’ Jan Staiber before rattling off wins of 6-3 and 6-0. The rest of Shuda’s teammates followed suit.

In the Central League

Radnor 7, Penncrest 0 >> After the Raiders cruised through the singles matches, the Lions gave Radnor some trouble in doubles, particularly in the fourth pairing. Alex Samaha and A.J. Bloomfield were tested by Julian Ingrim and Colby Schnyder. The Raiders duo emerged with a 6-3, 6-3 victory to help Radnor improve to 9-2 on the season.

Strath Haven 7, Haverford 0 >> Clay Gaieski set the tone for a dominant afternoon from the Panthers with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alex Arcidiacono in first singles play. However, the young Fords gave Haven trouble in doubles. A spirited comeback from Michael Hughes and Jack McGovern put a scare into Jacob Knauer and Ben Troutmen before the Panthers came out with a 6-2, 6-4 win. Haverford falls to 3-6 and 2-5 in the Central.

In the Ches-Mont:

Kennett 7, Sun Valley 0 >> Gabe Boccella and Ishy Ahmad each won a set in singles play, while Adam Figorski and Chris Britten knicked one of their opponents, Cole Wikins and Spence Kent in doubles. But those were the lone highlights in a tough outing for the Vanguards.

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