ECH seniors shine in sweep

Defending 4-A tennis champions win

Staff WriterMay 9, 2007 

East Chapel Hill boys tennis coach Lindsey Linker wanted to do something special for her six seniors, so she held "senior day" during Tuesday's dual-team first-round match against Southeast Raleigh.

The six seniors started in singles and all won, giving the defending state champion Wildcats a 6-0 victory.

"It has been an amazing group," Linker said. "I may have been crazy to do it, but these guys were special."

Colin Egan, Jeff Archer, Willy Sendor and Adam Sendor are four-year lettermen and have helped build an 80-8 record in their careers.

They have won a 3-A and a 4-A team championship and finished second in 3-A once.

Phillip Handler and T.J. Lovejoy-Henkel are three-year lettermen.

ECH dropped only three games in the sweep.

"It was special," Linker said.

ECH will play at Broughton in the second round on Tuesday.

MORE TENNIS: Green Hope (21-3), the Tri-Eight 4-A top seed, roared through the first round with a 7-2 victory over perennially strong Chapel Hill.

Green Hope will play Millbrook (15-2), the No. 2 seed from the Cap Seven, in the second round next Tuesday. Millbrook shut out Greater Neuse River champion Clayton 6-0.

Broughton (18-2) cruised past Middle Creek (16-4) 9-0.

"We didn't miss many shots," Broughton coach Steve Spivey said. "We were pretty focused."

In the 2-A tournament, Cardinal Gibbons (19-1) dropped only one game in a 6-0 victory over West Stokes.

The individual tournament begins Friday and continues Saturday with regional play.

SOCCER: Sophomore Nitang Jones scored three goals as Cap Seven 4-A champion Leesville Road beat Holly Springs 10-0 in the first round of the girls soccer tournament.

Kaitlin Wescoe scored three goals in leading Garner to an 8-2 win over Hoke County.

Broughton (18-3-2) got goals from Barkley Minton and Casey Kilburn to slip past Durham Jordan 2-0.

The defending state champion Caps get a shot at undefeated Apex (20-0-2) in the second round of the playoffs, if Apex defeats Northern Durham tonight in its playoff opener.

PAC SIX BASEBALL: Durham Jordan won the Piedmont Athletic 4-A baseball regular season and enters the playoffs on Friday against Green Hope with a 17-7 record.

"We've gotten better as the season has progressed," said Jordan coach Devy Bell, who led the team to its first title since 1999.

Junior shortstop Steele Myers is outstanding for Jordan, hitting .500 with six homers. His slugging percentage (total bases divided by at-bats) is more than 1.000.

Nick Mangili hit .450 and is one of the better catchers in the area. Sidearm reliever Alan Schlitz leads the club in wins (at 7-3) despite not being a starter.

"We are very good defensively, and we have good high school pitching," Bell said. "We keep the ball around the plate, and we have guys who love to have the ball hit to them."

The PAC Six's other seeds are, in order, Durham Riverside, Chapel Hill, Person and Northern Durham.

High schools editor Tim Stevens can be reached at (919) 829-8910 or tim.stevens@newsobserver.com.

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