Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tight Battles for District Titles | Riverview Boys Need Rally to Claim 7th Straight District Crown; Ranch Leads Girls Tourney

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tight Battles for District Titles | Riverview Boys Need Rally to Claim 7th Straight District Crown; Ranch Leads Girls Tourney

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HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 8

SARASOTA -- The Riverview High boys tennis team must come from behind today in order to win its seventh straight district championship.

The Rams trail St. Petersburg High, 12-11, after Wednesday's matches in the Class 4A-District 8 tennis tournament being held at the Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club.

"We have four players in (today's) singles finals and one doubles team," Riverview boys coach Holly Moore said. "Hopefully, we'll come out here and fight and do our best. I hope we can come out with those five points."

Riverview's Antoine Sanchez will play for the title at No. 1 singles after winning his semifinal match Wednesday 6-4, 6-4 over Manatee High's Jimmy Heagerty in the eight-team tournament. Sanchez will face Adam Ambrozy of St. Petersburg, who won his semifinal 6- 1, 6-1 over Sarasota High's Alex McCurry.

Riverview's Finn Anderson, who defeated North Port High's Ryan Botelho 6-0, 6-0 in a semifinal match, will play in the No. 2 singles final vs. Sarasota High's Reid Devitt, who beat St. Petersburg's Devan Upadhyay 7-5, 7-6(5) in the other semifinal.

Sam Maxwell of Sarasota High will play in the No. 3 final against Jasen Norris of Seminole after topping Garrett Kelly of Lakewood Ranch 6-0, 6-1. Riverview's Charlie Putrino, who beat Seminole's Jacob Iglinski in a semifinal match, will play St. Petersburg's Jared Craig in the No. 4 singles final.

At No. 5, Riverview's Brandon Lup, who beat Ben Lee of Sarasota 6- 0, 6-1, will face Jacob Hehn of St. Petersburg for the title.

The Riverview girls team is also within striking distance of a district crown. Lakewood Ranch High leads Riverview, 13-11, heading into today's finals matches. "I knew it was going to be tough," said Riverview coach Kathy Rosenberg. "Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, St. Pete and us all had good teams this year. We've got a good shot now. …

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