Chapel Hill: Sports

Tennis: Juniors earn N.C. championships at Country Club

Jonathan Baddour battles in the longest match of last weekend’s N.C. Level 4 Junior Championships.
Jonathan Baddour battles in the longest match of last weekend’s N.C. Level 4 Junior Championships. Courtesy of CHCC

East Chapel Hill’s Brooke Pritchard defeated Elizabeth Johnson of Apex, 4-1, 4-0, last Sunday at Chapel Hill Country Club to win the Girls 16-and-under title at the 26th annual N.C. Junior Level 4 Championships.

Four other Chapel Hill players reached the championship finals of their age divisions in a field that comprised 166 junior players from across North Carolina.

East Chapel Hill’s Connor Lutz fell to Ali Abernathy of Asheville, 4-2, 5-3, in the Boys 18u finals, while Lauren Baddour (Girls 14u), Maddie Moore (Girls 10u) and Sunimal Desilva (Boys 12u) all also reached the bracket finals.

One semifinal match stood out in particular for Chapel Hill Country Club members as Jonathan Baddour of the CHCC battled Colin O’Hagerty of Hillsborough in what most thought to be the longest contest of the tournament. One rally in the matchup lasted 4 minutes and 160 shots. Match point went to 55 shots before O’Hagerty prevailed 4-1, 1-4, (7-5).

CHCC tennis pro and tournament host Lindsay Benton had to scramble some after cold rain forced cancellation of most of last Saturday’s rounds. He cited Derek Boone, Jarrod Randle, Jaime Montalvo and head USTA referee Joann Hundley as essential in helping to re-arrange a truncated Sunday schedule so the club could get 237 matches completed.

N.C. Level 4 Junior Championships

April 18-20, at Chapel Hill Country Club

Co-ed 8 & Under

Champion: Zachary Kodesh (Cary) d. Trevor Gray (Cary) 7-4, 7-5.

Consolation: Lachlan Conley (Raleigh) d. Samantha Benton (Chapel Hill) 7-2, 7-3.

Boys 10 & Under

Champion: Augie Ballantine (Wilmington) d. Colin O'Hagerty (Hillsborough) 5-4(6), 4-2.

Consolation: Duncan Bell (High Point) d. Ryder Cone (Charlotte) 6-1.

Girls 10 & Under

Champion: Elena Berg (Wilmington) d. Maddie Moore (Chapel Hill), 2-4, 5-3, (7-4).

Consolation: Ellie Coe (Cary) d. Kaela Spainhour (Wake Forest) 6-2.

Boys 12 & Under

Champion: Charles Gilbert (Cary) d. Sunimal Desilva (Chapel Hill) 6-0, 6-3.

Consolation: Dennis Perumov (Chapel Hill) d. Carter McWhorter (Greensboro) 1-4, 4-2, (7-5).

Girls 12 & Under

Champion: Grace Schmonsees (Apex) d. Lauren Baddour (Chapel Hill) 4-1, 5-3.

Consolation: Cameron Hasund (Cary) d. Reagan Harris (Greensboro) 5-4(7), 2-4 (9-7).

Boys 14 & Under

Champion: Revanth Bobba (Cary) d. Dean Zoglio,Fuquay Varina) 6-0, 1-0, (wd/injury)

Consolation: Logan Solomon (Mooresville) d. Will Reese (Cary) 4-0, 4-1.

Girls 14 & Under

Champion: Lauren Robbins (Raleigh) d. Rebekkah Gaines (Kernersville) 4-2, 4-2.

Consolation: Madison Williams (Greensboro) d. Brinley Bell (High Point) 4-2, 5-3.

Boys 16 & Under

Champion: Nicholas Grewe (Raleigh) d. Jack Oldis (Greensboro) 7-5(7), 6-2.

Consolation: Gary Campbell (Clayton) d. Cole Honeycutt (Chapel Hill) 6-4, 6-4.

Girls 16 & Under

Champion: Brooke Pritchard (Chapel Hill) d. Elizabeth Johnson (Apex) 4-1, 4-0.

Consolation: Ellie Johnson (Raleigh) d. Jocelyn Reckford (Chapel Hill) by forfeit.

Boys 18 & Under

Champion: Eli Abernethy (Asheville) d. Connor Lutz (Chapel Hill) 4-2, 5-3.

Consolation: Michael Moody (Raleigh) d. Miles Smith (Charlotte) 4-1, 4-0.