The semifinals of the IHSA boys tennis state tournament served as a rematch between the top players from West Suburban Conference Silver Division rivals Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central.
Hinsdale Central’s Martin Joyce defeated LTHS sophomore Gianni Ross 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match at the North Shore Racquet Club in Northbrook.
The Ohio State-bound Joyce advanced to the final by beating Gianni’s older brother, Alex, 6-0, 4-6, (10-4) in the semifinals.
In the other semifinal, Gianni Ross topped 2014 state champion Eddie Grabill of Hinsdale Central 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Alex Ross won the third-place match by default against Grabill after the latter withdrew from the match because Hinsdale Central had already clinched the state title.
Collectively, the Ross brothers finished 12-2 at the state finals with each player’s sole loss to Joyce. They are both prolific players nationally, with each earning a five-star rating from TennisRecruiting.net. Alex has signed with Vanderbilt, while Gianni is the top sophomore in Illinois and No. 3 in the nation.
In doubles action at the state finals, the duos of Cuyler Burke/Tanner Burke and Rory O’Donnell/Jack Bernstein each won three of five matches to earn five points apiece for LTHS.
Deerfield’s Chris Casati and Niko Wasilewicz edged Glenbrook North’s Miguel Perez and David Zakhodin 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the doubles final.
Hinsdale Central (47 points) won the team standings to notch its fourth consecutive state championship and 24th overall, followed by LTHS (37), New Trier (31), Deerfield (26) and Stevenson (25) to round out the top five.
The Bulldogs’ sloppy defense proved costly in an 8-5 loss to Reavis in the semifinals of the Riverside-Brookfield Regional on Friday. RBHS committed five errors and couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead as starter Nico Ranieri took the loss. The hard-throwing righty gave up seven runs (four earned) and five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Sophomore second baseman Kyle Fitzgerald (2-for-4) led the Bulldogs offensively with a three-run home run. Nick Fucinato (2-for-2, RBI), Jack Domeier (1-for-3, RBI) and Richie Gentile (1-for-3, run scored) also contributed for RBHS.
The Bulldogs, seeded fifth in the Mount Carmel Sectional, finished the season with a 20-11 record overall and 15-4 mark in the Metro Suburban Conference. Regular season highlights included Connor Berek’s no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 win against St. Edward on May 4 a nine-game winning streak (April 17-May 5).
LTHS boys volleyball
The Lions outlasted Hinsdale South 24-26, 25-12, 25-21 in the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional semifinals. LTHS faced Hinsdale Central on June 2, after the Landmark’s press time, in the regional championship.
Jake Fisher dominated play at the net with 13 kills for the Lions (22-14) against Hinsdale South.
RBHS boys volleyball
Hinsdale Central swept the Bulldogs 25-16, 25-14 in the championship match of the Solorio Academy Regional. RBHS, which finished 13-24 this spring, advanced to the final with a 21-25, 25-17, 25-18 victory against area rival Morton.