ALTOONA State College’s Cathy Badding and Juliette Greer won their opening matches with ease but fell in the semifinals at the District 6 Class AAA singles championships on Friday.
The pair combined to drop just one game in their opening matches at the Leopold Rec Center. Badding swept Altoona’s Marina Dixon 6-0, 6-0, while Greer stopped Lauren Bennett of Central Mountain 6-1, 6-0.
The district’s top seeds ended the runs, however, with Hollidaysburg’s Marissa Lanzel beating Badding 6-3, 6-1, and Altoona’s Lauren Lucas dropping Greer 6-4, 6-0.
“Juliette and Cathy represented State High with class today,” Lady Little Lions coach Jane Borden said. “They both played really well in their first matches but ran into much more experienced players in Lucas and Lanzel in their second matches. Our youth showed today but the girls learned a lot.”
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Lanzel and Lucas will battle for the district title Saturday morning.
The district doubles tournament will be held next weekend back in Altoona, with Greer and Badding teaming up for a try at the title along with teammates Caitlin McGlaughlin and Elizabeth Easterling.
Storm surges to win
FERGUSON TOWNSHIP Joshua Mikhail scored one goal and assisted on another as Grace Prep dropped Cambria County Christian Academy 3-1 Friday at Homestead Park.
Peter Tittman and Luke Snider each scored in the first 7:26 of the game, with Mikhail adding his score late in the second half. Titus Thompson and Alex Zubler also had assists as the Storm (7-2) dominated in shots 19-3.
Isaac Fenchak scored for Cambria County Christian, while Jeremy Johnson made two saves in the win.
Little Lions earn shutout
STATE COLLEGE Will Edwards scored two goals 24 seconds apart as State College blanked Central Dauphin East 6-0 Thursday night at Memorial Field.
Mac Shailey, Robbie Waite, Mark Pauley and Jake Garrigan also netted Little Lion goals. Kevin Reid and Tucker Wheeler had assists.
Ty Leway needed to make one save for the shutout as State College had a 21-4 shot disparity.
Grace Prep earns shutout
FERGUSON TOWNSHIP Grace Prep dominated in shots and the defense posted a shutout with a 2-0 victory over Cambria County Christian Academy on Friday at Homestead Park.
Molly Bosak and Emma Narber scored the Lady Storm goals, with Haley Galliano picking up an assist.
Galliano and Laryssa Tricou teamed up in goal for the shutout, needing to make just one combined save as Grace Prep (4-4-1) held a 21-1 advantage.