AKRON, OH-  Orange tennis teams have been making waves, and this year’s D2 Akron district tournament was no exception. For the third time in four years, the doubles final featured an all-Orange showdown, and for the third straight year, the singles champ was also a Lion.

The Lions have a history of strong doubles teams, and this year was no different with senior co-captains Ace Bloom and Gabi Kalir leading the charge. But the real surprise came from juniors Adam Saab and Gabe Guiler, who took an unconventional path to the title match.

Saab, who splits his time with the varsity soccer team, has been a standout on the ‘B’ tennis squad until this season. His transition to a starter, alongside Guiler, has been nothing short of impressive. They battled top-ranked opponents like the Hawken duo of Piazza and Snyder, and the University School pair of Kirchick and Weidenbecher. Their win against US was particularly thrilling, as they rallied from a 4-6, 1-4 deficit to clinch a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory. Although they lost the final to their teammates, both Orange doubles teams are poised for favorable draws in next week’s state tournament at the College of Wooster.

Senior co-captain Chika Nwaozuzu continued his dominant season, clinching the district singles title with wins over Heartland Christian’s Cooper Grim and University School’s top player Dean Kirchick. Nwaozuzu, along with the two doubles teams, will represent Orange at the state tournament on Thursday and Friday at the College of Wooster tennis center at 9 am.


Beachwood-  Congratulations to the boys tennis team on Saturday as they won the CVC Championship for the Chagrin Division on Saturday by holding off Hawken.  Earning first team all CVC were as follows:

  • Ben Pomeranets (1st Singles)
  • Krish Mehra (2nd Singles)
  • Ishan Bhatt (3rd Singles)
  • Chika Nwaozuzu (1st Doubles)
  • Gabi Kalir (1st Doubles)
  • Ace Bloom (2nd Doubles)
  • Gabe Guiler (2nd Doubles)

Earning honorable mention in the CVC were Daniel Suh & Sunjay Wychoff.  

Final Scores

  1. Orange- 25
  2. Hawken-  19
  3. Beachwood- 14
  4. Chagrin Falls- 8
  5. West Geauga- 7
  6. Harvey-  0

*Story contributed by Tim Porter



The Warrior tennis squad traveled to Massillon today to Jackson Park for OHSAA Sectional Tournament play.  The Warriors had a nice showing with Ally Zion moving on to Thursday’s round.Results from today:

West Branch singles-Ally Zion won two matches today 6-3, 6-4 vs Alliance and 6-0, 6-2 vs Norton.  She will play Thursday against Marlington’s Elizabeth Mason.

LilyAnn Bonar won two matches today against Coventry 6-0, 6-0 and Claymont 6-1, 6-2 before losing her 3rd match to Canton Christian 4-6, 4-6.

Autumn Johnston lost her first match to Canton South 6-7 (4-6), 2-6.

In doubles action: Kate Slutz and Niah Muniz defeated Orville 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 and then lost to Canton South 4-6, 2-6.

Sophia McDonald and Iris Shofroth lost to Norton 6-0, 6-0.

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HIWKAND OH- The Howland girls tennis team found a ton of success Tuesday night as they took down Warren JFK 4-1.


1st Singles – Halina Bakeris (H) defeated Ella Parry (J) 6-1 6-4
2nd Singles – Rylie Homa (H) defeated Sadie Moore (J) 6-0 6-0
3rd Singles – Hannah Williams (J) defeated Natalie Summers (H) 6-6 (7-4) 2-6 10-7
1st Doubles – Gianna Carbone/Ariana Malvasi (H) defeated Sami Berzonsk/Ava Schlosser (J) 6-0 6-0
2nd Doubles – Sydney Votino/Kaycie Bell (H) defeated Katie Plizga/Alexa Szykulski (J) 6-0 6-0
Howland gets right back on the court Wednesday host Padua. First serve set for 4:30.


EAST LIVERPOOL OH-The Beaver Local Girls Tennis team had little trouble with rival East Liverpool winning 4-0 on Saturday.  Kara Wain made quick work of Zita Blesdel 6-0, 6-0, then Addi Mobley followed up with a 6-1, 6-4 victory of Elise Montgomery.  Rounding out singles play was Kennedy Wilkes with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Kailynn Kirby.

The girls did not slow down in doubles action as Sara Adams and Aubre West won 6-3, 6-1 over Gracie Murray and LaNease Andrews.

The girls are back in action on Tuesday at home as they take on Ursuline.

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PEPPER PIKE, OH-With defending state singles runner-up Alexis Nyborg resting, the Lions cruised to a 4-1 win over D1 St. Joseph’s Academy Tuesday. The Lions are now 4-1 in the highly competitive NEOTA group ‘A’, tied for first place. Taking over for Nyborg at #1 singles, senior Blake Rothchild fought through a tight first set 7-5 before putting a perfect 6-0 score on the board in the second set to conclude the match.

On the doubles courts both Orange teams had perfect first sets before working their way through more competitive second sets. Player of the match honors went to Junior Daniela DeMata Hiciano, who stepped up to #2 singles and won by a perfect 6-0, 6-0 score.

The Lions continue their busy week Wednesday when they host the Laurel Gators at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Orange 4, St Joseph Academy 1

Rothchild (O) def. Schuerlein (SJ) 7-5, 6-0
DeMata Hiciano (O) def. Newell (SJ) 6-0, 6-0

Kowalski (SJ) def. Balding (O) 6-3, 6-1
Dzidzishvili-Guiler (O) def. Rechin-Catacutan (SJ) 6-0, 6-3

Borsch-Adi (O) def. Uhlenbrock-Mrosko (SJ) 6-0, 6-2

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PEPPER PIKE, OH- The Lions quickly overwhelmed Akron St. Vincent St. Mary in the first round of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) state team tournament Monday, dropping a total of only 3 games in the entire match.

Player of the Match honors went to Junior Hayley Paradise who stepped in to the #3 singles spot so capably held down all season by fellow Junior Daniela DeMata Hiciano and won by a 6-0, 6-1 margin. DeMata Hiciano played doubles for the first time this season and also won by a 6-0, 6-1 scoreline with freshman partner Lily Guiler.

The Lions now await the winner of Gilmour and arch rival Hawken in the second round of the tournament.

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BELOIT OH- The Warrior Tennis team moved to 4-0 on the season with a 5-0 victory over United Local (1-2) Monday afternoon.

Senior Ally Zion (6-3, 6-2), along with juniors LilyAnn Bonar (7-5, 6-2) and Autumn Johnston (6-1, 6-0) each won singles matches for West Branch.

#1 doubles pair Kate Slutz and Niah Muniz were 6-1, 6-0 victors over their Eagle opponents while Sophia Muniz and Iris Shofroth earned a 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 victory in #2 doubles.

The Warriors will travel to Southeast Wednesday to take on the Pirates.  The match is scheduled to start at 4:15 PM.

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West Branch girls’ tennis defeated East Liverpool in their first match of the season. Ally Zion won 6-1, 6-3 at 1st singles. LilyAnn Bonar won 6-3, 6-0 at 2nd singles. Autumn Johnston won 6-0, 6-1 at 3rd singles. The 1st doubles team of Kate Slutz and Niah Muniz won 6-1, 6-0. The 2nd doubles team of Sophia McDonald and Iris Shofroth lost a tiebreaker in the first set and dropped the second set 1-6. West Branch plays East Palestine at home on Wednesday at 1:00.

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SALEM OH- Salem defeated Struthers in strong 5-0 fashion on Tuesday night.

The #2 doubles tandem of Drake Harkleroad and Luke Deland had the strongest performance of the evening, winning 6-0, 6-0. Christian Chappell and Nick French remained undefeated at #1 doubles. Singles wins came from Tyler Parker, Sophie Faulenbach, and Zach Parker.

The Quakers also got JV wins from Colin Trummer, Micah Fox, Carter Sargent, and Emmit Harkleroad.


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