Monday's high school roundup: Unbeaten Menchville blanks Norview in Eastern Region boys tennis first round, joins Heritage in semis

Boys tennis:

Menchville maintained its season-long streak of not losing an individual match through the Eastern Region first round, beating visiting Norview 5-0 Monday.

But the Monarchs (10-0) weren't the only Peninsula District team to advance to the regional semifinals. Heritage upended Eastern District champion Maury 5-4 on Old Dominion's courts, taking four singles victories and clinching on a three-set triumph at No. 2 doubles by Jahad Mills and Lorenzo Judkins.

No. 1 player Darnell Wilkins, No. 3 Judkins, No. 4 Johnathan Holloway and No. 5 Antonio Shinnery won in singles for the Hurricanes.

Menchville (10-0) will play at 11 a.m. Thursday in a highly anticipated semifinal at Huntington Park in Newport News against the winner of Tuesday’s match between defending regional champ Princess Anne and Southeastern District runner-up Western Branch.

The PD runner-up Hurricanes will be the underdog in their semifinal, also at 11 a.m. Thursday, against Beach No. 2 seed Ocean Lakes. The Dolphins beat Southeastern District No. 1 seed Hickory 6-3.

The semifinal winners qualify for the state Group AAA tournament.

The Monarchs' victories came at Nos. 1 through 5 from two-time Peninsula District singles champion Jake Fields, Stuart McCroskey, PD singles runner-up Matt Strehle, Austen Delnicki and Steven Gangitano. ...

Top-seeded Kurt Mittmann of Bruton and Austrian exchange student Fabian Schleicher of Jamestown advanced to the Bay Rivers District singles final.

Playing on Warhill's courts, Mittmann beat Jamestown’s Sam Ross 6-1, 6-3, and Schleicher outmuscled York’s Ethan Buck 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Mittmann and Schleicher are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Huntington Park. Mittmann then will team with Patrick Riley to face Ross and Mike Jones for the doubles championship.

All of the semifinalists will advance to the Region I tournament's individual portion. Third-place matches in singles and in doubles -- pitting Buck and Vraj Gajjar against Jamestown's Nathan Campbell and Derrick Neilson -- will determine the regional seeding.

Campbell received a spot in the doubles tournament as a substitute Saturday for Schleicher, who incurred serious cramps late in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win against No. 2 seed Austin Gillem of Poquoson.

Girls tennis:

Jamestown's Leah Walter and her younger sister Anna romped to the Bay Rivers singles final by beating York standouts.

Leah defeated Gaby Tersigni 6-1, 6-0, and Anna won 6-0, 6-1 over Teresa Alvarez on the Warhill courts.


The sisters, whom Eagles coach Karen Johnson said have not played a full "ladder match" this year, are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. at Huntington Park for the title. Then they will join forces for the doubles final against teammates Kathy Sharp and Elizabeth Wallace.

Tersigni and Alvarez will play for third place, then the doubles third-place contest will pit Grafton's Sydney Short and Kayla Jefferson against Alvarez and Kristin Dantzler. All of the aforementioned players will move on to the regional. ...

Maury shut out Peninsula District runner-up Gloucester 6-0 in an Eastern Region quarterfinal at ODU, reaching Thursday's 2 p.m. semis at Huntington Park.

The Commodores received one default but won five 6-0, 6-0 matches against the Dukes, whose lineup did not include PD champion Christine Riddett.


Maddy Morris pitched a one-hitter and hit a solo home run in Kecoughtan's 11-0, five-inning win at Hampton. Allyson Babinsack also hit a solo homer for the Warriors, who clinched the Peninsula District's tournament No. 3 seed.

Kecoughtan is scheduled to face sixth-seeded Woodside on Wednesday in a quarterfinal at the Stoney Run Athletic Complex in Newport News. ...

Devon Smith hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in PD champion Gloucester's 18-2, five-inning win over Phoebus. ...

The race for the final two seeds is muddled, but Tuesday's game pitting Hampton (4-13 district) at Phoebus (3-14) will determine a lot.

A victory by the Crabbers would give them the seventh seed, end the Phantoms' season and put Denbigh (4-14) in the eighth spot. A win by Phoebus would force a three-way tie among those teams, necessitating a tiebreaking procedure. ...

Haylie Sawyer's two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Poquoson a 6-4 upset win over New Kent.