For Maranda Sears, making it to the state tennis tournament had been a goal even before high school — from before she even knew she would be good enough to fulfill that dream. Her older brother, Jarrett, made it there for Arlington High School, Sears said, and she had hopes of doing the same.
She got there. And on Saturday, she earned the right to extend the stay.
Sears, an Arlington junior, notched two victories in advancing to the quarterfinals of the state girls tennis tournament at the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham.
She will face third-seeded Merri Kelly Hannity of Cold Spring Harbor (Section 8) on Sunday.
Sears defeated Ashley Lessen of Wheatley, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round, rallying from down 1-4 in the second set. She then topped Lisa Marchelska of Mary Louis Academy, 6-3, 6-3.
Sears qualified for states by winning the consolation match of the Section 1 tournament. She became the first Arlington girl to accomplish that feat in “at least 15 years,” Admirals coach Gail Lynch said.
“Maranda is right up there with the best of the best,” Lynch said. “I’m a Section 1 chaperone at states, so I’m here even if my players don’t qualify. I’d watch and think to myself, ‘Maranda could compete here. She deserves to be here.’ She’s proving it now.”
Marist football wins third straight
Juston Christian had 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns as the Marist College football team beat Butler, 35-14, at home on Saturday.
Christian had five receptions and averaged 34.2 yards per catch. This came a week after the wide receiver caught 11 passes for 157 yards in a road win over Davidson.
Mike White completed 14 of 24 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Red Foxes to a third straight win in Pioneer Football League play.
Marcellus Calhoun ran for 23 yards and two scores, Garrett Clay rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Tralli had four catches for 73 yards for Marist (4-4, 3-2). Butler is 4-4, 2-3.
The Red Foxes scored on the first play from scrimmage with White hitting Christian for a 60-yard touchdown only 21 seconds into the game. Clay’s 5-yard touchdown gave Marist a 21-0 lead with 14:12 left in the second quarter. Jesse Mainiero had a sack, Alex Spiess had an interception, and Zach Adler made nine tackles for the Red Foxes.
Marist hosts Stetson at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Caroline Timm of Our Lady of Lourdes High School was the overall girls winner at the Northern Counties championship cross country race at Bowdoin Park Friday.
Timm finished the race in 19:36.4.
Arlington’s Conor Stack finished second in the boys race behind winner Kevin Hazelwood of Brewster. Hazelwood finished in 16:26.
But that didn’t deter from the Admirals’ success. The Arlington boys and girls each captured the team title. The Haldane boys finished third, while on the girls side, Brewster and Carmel tied for second.