Prairie Ridge doubles pair Daniel Lamar and Patrick Nasta won their first two matches Thursday to stay alive at the IHSA Class 1A boys tennis state tournament in Arlington Heights. The pair advanced to the round of 16, where it will face Thomas and David Batka of Montini on Friday.
Lamar and Nasta won their first match, 6-4, 6-2, against Triad’s Sean Froidcouer and Jaden Henderson. They needed three sets to win their second round match against Abe and Sid Saxena of Richwoods, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
They are the only local athletes alive in the championship bracket of the tennis state finals, though a number of local athletes are still alive in consolation brackets.
Prairie Ridge’s Devarsi Rawal and Ben Lingner went 2-1, losing in the second round, 6-4, 6-1, to Owen Setran and Graham Shelton of Wheaton Academy.
Wolves singles player Max Kueller went 2-1 and is still alive in the consolation bracket.
Through the first day, Prairie Ridge is tied for fifth in the team standings with 10 points. Wheaton Academy is in first with 15 points.
Also in Class 1A, Marian Central’s Ian Brzeski and Michael Dowling went 2-1, losing in the second round, 6-2, 7-5, to Steven Chacko and David Wu of Dunlap, the 2017 Class 1A doubles runners-up.
Johnsburg’s Brian Anderson lost his first two matches in the Class 1A singles bracket.
IHSA Class 2A state tournament: Jacobs’ Kerwin Chong lost his opening match, 7-6 (4), 6-1, to Waubonsie Valley’s Anthony Nguyen. Chong won his next two in the consolation bracket.
Golden Eagles teammates Kyle and Kevin Burton won their first match in doubles before a second round exit. They finished the day 2-1 and remain alive in the consolation.
Cary-Grove’s Michael Ptaszek and Daniel Sowa won their first match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, over Stagg’s Michael Wolan and Josh Blim, before losing their next two.
Crystal Lake Central’s John Wallace went 1-2 on the day, losing his opener to Streamwood’s Alex Veltkamp.
Hampshire’s Blake Snider and Abe Hougland exited after losing their first two matches.
Wauconda 4, Johnsburg 3: At the Class 3A Grayslake Central Regional, Wauconda pushed across three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a late lead and end Johnsburg's season in the regional semifinals.
Trevor Wotring had two hits and scored twice for the Skyhawks, and Noah Alanis and Hunter Rodgers were each credited with an RBI.
Johnsburg finishes its season with a 14-15 record.
Vernon Hills 5, Richmond-Burton 3: At the Class 3A Vernon Hills Regional, six errors proved costly as the Rockets dropped their semifinal contest.
Brandon Bannon went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Dalton Wood had two hits, and Jake Rosing drove in a run. Luke Uhwat pitched five innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
R-B ends its season with a 19-13 record.
Lake View 12, Harvard 11: At the Class 3A Woodstock North Regional, the Hornets gave up eight runs in the third inning of their regional semifinal matchup before putting together a comeback effort. Austin Gratz went 2 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs.
Andrew Cooke drove in two runs. Dylan Stephens went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Hornets (10-19).
Harlem 5, Hampshire 4: At the Class 4A Belvidere North Regional, the Whip-Purs surrendered two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose their semifinal matchup against Harlem.
Andrew Krajecki launched a solo home run and doubled for Hampshire (13-22), Nicholas Tenny had two hits and scored twice, and Matt Jachec and Matt Wians each drove in one run.
Prairie Ridge 15, Lake View 0 (4 inn.): At the Class 3A Johnsburg Regional, Haley Barnes allowed just one hit and recorded all 12 outs via strikeout as the Wolves dominated Lake View in their semifinal contest.
Madi O'Brien homered and finished with five RBIs and two runs scored on two hits, Emelia Farnam was 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored, Kylie Leverenz went 2 for 3 and knocked in two, Isabella Crimaldi scored three times and drove in one on two hits, and Victoria Fisher had two RBIs and two runs scored. Nicole Kiddy added two hits and an RBI.
Prairie Ridge (10-13) plays Grayslake Central for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.