Friday, September 22, 2023

Orange repeats as Chagrin Division champions

GATES MILLS—Orange’s boys’ tennis team defended its Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title at Hawken on Saturday.

The Lions finished the tournament with 23 points, four more than second-place Hawken. Beachwood finished third with 15 points.

Chagrin Falls’ Andrew Zimcosky also earned a repeat as the tournament MVP after defeating Orange’s Ben Pomeranets in first singles in a rematch of the 2021 state championship match.

Hawken’s Zach Forte finished third in first singles.

Orange’s Chika Nwaozuzu defeated Hawken’s Axel Neely in the championship match at second singles. Beachwood’s Nick Harmer finished third.

Hawken’s Finn Rourke won the third singles title by defeating Orange’s Noah Lurie. Beachwood’s Max Rindsberg placed third.

Orange swept the doubles competition with Jake Goldstein and Gabi Kalir winning in first doubles and Krish Mehra and Ace Bloom taking the title in second doubles.

Hawken’s Berend Diderich and Praveen Kumar placed second in first doubles and Ryan Levine and Ashwin Balarishnan were third in second doubles.

Beachwood’s Andy Jin and Tori Yang placed third in first doubles and Adam Ritzenberg and Ethan Luxembourg placed second and second doubles.

Team Scores:

1. Orange 23
2. Hawken 19
3. Beachwood 15
4. Chagrin Falls 12
5. West Geauga 6
6. Harvey 0


Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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