Marian Central won the Class 1A Lakes Sectional on Monday, with two singles players and a doubles team placing in the top four and qualifying for the state tournament. The title is Marian Central’s first sectional title since 2003 and only the second in program history.
The doubles team of seniors Connor Pivnicka and Sam Reckamp led the way, winning all four of their matches in straight sets to take first place.
The Hurricanes' Ian Brzeski placed third in singles, beating teammate Mike Dowling, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, in the third-place match, but both are still headed to the state tournament.
Johnsburg placed sixth in the sectional, with Woodstock North seventh and Woodstock eighth.
Johnsburg was led by the doubles pairing of Kevin Sompel and Luke Wolter, who reached the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual runners-up.
Woodstock North’s best finisher was top singles player Brandon Langreck, who reached the quarterfinals before falling to Dowling in straight sets.
Woodstock’s two singles entries lost in the round of 16. Jax Obenchain won a first-round match before falling to Brzeski, while Adam Boyle had a bye through the first round and then lost to Langreck.
2A Huntley Sectional: At Huntley, the Jacobs doubles pairing of Matthew Kastritis and Winston Yau beat South Elgin’s Chad Morgan and Raj Patel, 6-1, 6-2, in the sectional finals to win the doubles title and help the Golden Eagles win the team sectional title. It's the fifth consecutive team sectional championship for Jacobs.
The sectional’s singles draw was completed Saturday, along with doubles matches up to the semifinals, meaning everyone playing Monday had clinched a spot in the state tournament.
Huntley’s pairing of Jack Soderwall and Jacob Wat dropped their semifinal to Morgan and Patel but rebounded with a win in the third-place match, beating South Elgin’s Ben Holmes and Taylor Phengsomphone, 6-1, 6-4.
The Red Raiders finished third overall in the sectional. Also in the final team standings, Hampshire came in fifth and Dundee-Crown tied for sixth with Elgin.