Poly, Flintridge Prep Clash; Minutemen Compete for League Title

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(Photos by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - Poly’s No. 1 singles player Dario Soatto won a set as the Panthers lost to visiting Flintridge Prep, 13-5.

First published in the April 21 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Polytechnic varsity boys’ tennis team lost a Prep League match to visiting Flintridge Prep, 13-5, last Friday.
No. 1 singles player Dario Soatto and No. 3 singles player Daniel Zheng each tallied one set victory, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. Meanwhile in the doubles competitions, the No. 3 team of Luke Haenisch and Nathaniel Karafilis-Spensley collected a pair of victories, 6-3, 6-2, while the No. 2 tandem of Benjamin Fernandez and Nicolas Beiner tallied one victory, 6-4.
The visiting Panthers dominated at Chadwick School of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, winning the league match 17-1 last Wednesday. The doubles teams each swept, led by the No. 3 duo of Soatto and Zheng, which won 6-2, 6-0, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Haenisch and Karafilis-Spensley won 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, while the No. 1 tandem of Andrew Yoong and Nathan Taing also swept, 6-4, 6-0, 6-0.
Meanwhile in the singles matches, No. 1 player Fernandez and No. 2 player Beiner each never lost a game and swept their competition by scores of 6-0. Alternate Ilan Brusselaers, who replaced No. 3 singles player Elias Ramirez, produced a pair of victories by scores of 6-0.
The visiting Panthers lost a league match at Flintridge Prep, 13-5. No. 2 singles player Fernandez tallied a pair of victories, 6-0, 6-3, while the No. 1 singles player Beiner posted one victory, 6-4. Meanwhile in doubles play, the No. 1 tandem of Soatto and Zheng won 7-5, and the No. 3 team of Taing and Karafilis-Spensley recorded one victory, 6-3.
Polytechnic (6-3 overall record) will host Flintridge Prep for the third and final matchup between the two schools this season on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.

FLINTRIDGE PREP

Flintridge Prep’s Christopher Fung helped the Wolves defeat rival Polytechnic.

The visiting Wolves collected their second victory over Polytechnic with another 13-5 Prep League victory last Friday.
No. 2 singles player Jeremy Seiben swept his completion, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 3 singles player Will Lanstra also swept, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. No. 1 singles player Luca Yeghmazar tallied one victory, 6-4.
Meanwhile in the doubles competitions, the No. 2 team of Ray Cabrera and Miles Cabrera swept their opponents 6-0, 6-2, 6-1, and the No. 1 duo of Christopher Fung and Loran Baxter picked up a pair of victories, 6-4, 6-0. The No. 3 tandem of Neel Saada and Nico Stanton added one victory, 6-3.
Visiting Flintridge Prep was edged at San Marino in a nonleague game after finishing regulation with a 9-9 tie, but ultimately losing by total games, 84-72, last Thursday.
Flintridge Prep picked up a recent nonleague victory at neighboring St. Francis, 16-2. Lanstra, Leon Liao, Seiben, Saada, Alec Gutherie, Ray Cabrera, Miles Cabrera, Yeghmazar, Justin Sullivan-Pascual, Marcus Lin and Dilan Robbins were undefeated.
Flintridge Prep (13-4 overall) will visit Polytechnic for the third and final matchup between the two schools on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.

MARANATHA
The Minutemen suffered their first loss of the season after being edged at Geffen Academy, 10-8, in a Coastal League matchup last Wednesday as No. 1 singles player Tim Huang collected a pair of 6-0 victories. No. 2 singles player Nico Engling tallied two victories, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 3 singles player Laci Szabo also added a pair of wins, 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile, the No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Miao and Joshua Im notched two wins, 7-5, 6-2.
Visiting Maranatha ended regulation at Rowland High of Rowland Heights with a 9-9 tie but ultimately claimed a nonleague victory by winning the total games, 75-69, last Monday.
No. 1 singles player Huang and No. 2 singles player Engling each tallied a pair of wins by scores of 6-1, 6-0, while the No. 3 singles player Szabo added a 6-1 win.
No. 1 doubles team of Miao and Im registered a 6-2 win, in addition to an unreported winning score in the second round of play. The No. 2 team of Sean Tang and Sawyer Tarampi recorded a 6-3 victory, while the No. 3 tandem of Shahe Yerevanian and Victor Qiao also won, 6-3.
The visiting Minutemen crushed Alhambra, 15-3, in a nonleague matchup after defeating visiting California Academy of Mathematics and Science School of Carson, 14-4, in a league match. No. 1 singles player Huang picked up a pair of victories, 6-4, 6-0, No. 2 singles player Engling added a pair of 6-2 victories, and No. 3 singles player Szabo recorded two wins, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Miao and Im won 6-0, 6-3, the No. 2 duo of Tang and Tarampi won 6-1, 6-2, and the No. 3 tandem of Yerevanian and Qiao won 6-2, 6-1. The reserve team of Jonathan Jo and Hayden Geeting also tallied a 6-3 victory.
Maranatha (12-1 overall, 6-1 in league) will host Village Christian of Sun Valley in a league match on Tuesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. If the Minutemen are victorious, it will guarantee them a share of the league title.

LA SALLE
The Lancers registered their sixth consecutive victory by dominating visiting St. Monica High of Santa Monica, 16-2, in a Del Rey League matchup last Tuesday. La Salle defeated visiting Bishop Montgomery High of Torrance, 12-6, in a recent league contest after traveling to beat host Bishop Amat High of La Puente, 11-7. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
The Lancers (11-5 overall) will compete in the Del Rey League prelim matches, which will begin on Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m.

ST. FRANCIS
The Golden Knights remained winless this season after falling to visiting Harvard-Westlake High of Studio City, 14-1, in a Mission League matchup. SFHS previously lost to its visiting neighbor Flintridge Prep, 16-2, in a nonleague contest after previously losing to visiting Chaminade High of West Hills, 11-7, in a league matchup. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.