North Central HS
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NC Boys' Tennis Wins State Title
October 20, 2013By Rob Hendrix of Indianapolis North Central High School
It took patience and perserverence for the North Central boys' tennis team on Saturday, but in the end, the Panthers brought home NC's 18th boys' tennis state title and the first since the 2007-08 school year, with wins over top ranked Carmel and Park Tudor on Saturday.
Morning rains moved the semi-final session to the afternoon, where North Central battled Carmel, who had beaten the Panthers in the last two state finals matches. This year North Central avenged those losses, and pulled out a 3-2 win over the Greyhounds. Junior Ari Gerstein rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win at #1 singles, which, in the end proved to be the only singles victory in the Carmel showdown. However, the doubles teams of Patrick McAuley and William Reifeis along with Alex Bertoline and Cole Fairfield notched the other two team points for the Panthers. Bertolini & Fairfield had to go three sets in their 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over their Carmel opponents. McAuley and Reifeis also went three sets and won the decisive set by a very close 7-5 score.
The day's weather delay postponed the final match to 7pm and was moved inside to the Indianapolis Raquet Club East. It was there that North Central brought home the hardware with a hard-fought 3-2 win over 3rd ranked Park Tudor.
Park Tudor's Danny Rayl took the first point for Park Tudor with a 6-4, 6-0 win at #1 singles over NC's Ari Gerstein. NC's two doubles teams stayed undefeated on the day with fairly easy wins over their PT opponents. McAuley and Reifeis won 6-2, 6-1, while Bertolini and Fairfield won 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore JT Wynne was a 6-4, 6-3 winner at #3 singles bringing North Central their match-clinching point. JJ Kroot lost a very close 3-set match at #2 singles with scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Congratulations to Coach Dan Brunette and the North Central Panther boys' tennis team on a fantastic season and an IHSAA State title. The Panthers should have a chance to repeat next season as 5 of the top 7 players will returning as only two seniors, William Reifeis and Cole Fairfield will be graduating.