The Ithaca High doubles team of sophomores Justin Milner and Kevin Huang won two matches on Friday to reach today’s finals in the Section 4 State Qualifier tennis tournament on Friday at the Binghamton Tennis Center.
The two wins have secured Milner and Huang a spot in next week’s state tournament, to be held Thursday through Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Milner and Huang opened Friday’s play with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over the Lansing team of Luke Mehringer and Spencer Warkentin, then rallied to beat the Norwich duo of cousins Zan and Colin Stewart, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
In both victories, the Ithaca team started slowly. Against Mehringer and Warkentin, the Little Red duo fell behind 5-2 in the first set before winning 10 straight games en route to the victory.
Milner and Huang will face the defending Section 4 doubles champions, Dominic and Jacob Parfianowicz, of Elmira.
Ithaca’s second doubles entry, seventh-grader Michael Zhao and senior Connor Cramton, still has a chance at making states if they win twice on Saturday. Zhao and Cramton fell in their opener Friday to Stewart and Stewart of Norwich, then rebounded with a straight-sets victory over Mehringer and Warkentin.
Today, Zhao and Cramton will face Lansing’s other doubles entry, Jonathan Sun and Andrew Bertonica, who also split their Friday matches.
Andy Parkes of Lansing also split his matches on Friday, and still has a chance for third place and a berth at states if he wins twice today.
Class A champion Evan Vail of Union-Endicott will face Class B champion Emerson Kelby of Oneonta in today’s singles final.
Track & field
* Section 4 Class C championships: Dryden’s girls dominated a 19-team field on Thursday at Newark Valley, collecting seven victories and totaling 122 points, outdistancing the host team by more than 52 points. Lansing finished 10th, Groton 12th and Trumansburg 13th.
Rachel Hutchinson won both the 1,500 and 800 meters to lead the way for the Purple Lions, who also got victories in the 400 relay (Amy DeGaetano, Rachel Wojcik, Mackenzie Todd, Abbey Yatsko), Yatsko in the 200 meters, the 1,600 relay (Hutchinson, DeGaetano, Jamie Mullins, Yatsko), the 400 relay (DeGaetano, Wojcik, Todd, Yatsko) and Todd in the long jump (track record of 16 feet, 4½ inches).
Jenna Cupp of host Newark Valley won the 400 meters in a stadium-record time of 58.33 seconds, winning the race by more than four seconds.
On the boys’ side, Trumansburg finished second to Sidney in the team race, 94-76, with Lansing third (61) in the 19-team field. Dryden was sixth, Groton 12th. The Blue Raiders set a track record in winning the 3,200 relay (8:21.44), T-burg’s Kyle Carr won the 400 hurdles (59.34), and teammate Tyler Sutherland won the steeplechase in 10:09.37.
Dryden’s Bryant Stuttle took the triple jump with a stadium-record leap of 44-6.