Crown Point continued its unbeaten boys tennis season, winning each match in straight sets Friday and sweeping Lake Central 5-0 for the Bulldogs' seventh consecutive sectional title.
Lake Central beat Lowell 4-1 Friday in the resumption of their semifinal match which was suspended by rain Thursday. The host Bulldogs completed their 5-0 win over Rensselaer on Thursday.
"It's a huge advantage to watch our opponent play and detect weaknesses in their games," Crown Point coach Chris Korzeniewski said. "That gave us a nice approach."
Crown Point (20-0) will face Munster in the Tuesday's regional semifinals. The Bulldogs won 4-1 last Monday.
"Beating Munster is huge. Our guys are intelligent, and they know what tennis means to Munster," he said. "We know they will be ready, and we have to bring our best game to the table."
Portage Sectional: Valparaiso finished off the rain-delayed championship, defeating Chesterton 4-1.
"Chesterton played very strong, and we knew they would," Vikings coach Tim Shideler said. "We weren't taking them lightly at all, but knowing we had beaten them before, we had the confidence that we could do it again."
Shideler noted the performance of Noah Klumpe, a 6-4, 6-1 winner at two singles. Derek Wappel took three singles 6-2, 6-2 and both doubles teams finished off straight-set victories after tough first sets. Pall Baggett and Jared Folke claimed one doubles, 7-5, 6-1, while Ben Lawson and Andrew Lehnen prevailed at two, 7-5, 6-4.
"It was huge a improvement over last week," Chesterton coach Tom Bour said of the Trojans' 5-0 loss to the Vikings. "Our kids showed how much fight they had in them."
Chesterton's Johny Mario reversed a three-set loss at one singles to Peter Williams with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph. Mario returned to the court for the final point Friday, leading, 6-2, 5-1, (40-30) when play was halted Thursday.
"It was probably the weirdest thing I've ever done in tennis," Mario said. "I really wish the team could have advanced, but I'm proud to advance individually."
Mario will face Wheeler's Jack Hibbard in Tuesday's singles sectional at Portage. Valpo will face Penn in the team regional. — Jim Peters
E.C. Central Sectional: A lineup change proved to the be difference as Morton edged Bishop Noll 3-2 for the championship.
The Governors lost 3-2 to the Warriors during the regular season. so coach Chuck Perez moved Patrick McCormack up to No. 3 singles and inserted junior varsity player Josh Innes in the vacancy at No. 2 doubles.
McCormack won 6-3, 6-2, while the doubles teams swept their matches in straight sets.
"I did that to get a boost at No. 3 singles," said Perez, whose team won their third consecutive title. "It felt really good to get the rematch."
Bishop Noll's Spencer Hickey won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while teammate A.J. Argamsilla won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2.
Boone Grove 3, Marquette 1: Junior Austin Aguilera had a goal and two assists, while classmate Nick Azevedo had a goal and assist as the Wolves (14-2, 5-0) clinched the Northwest Indiana Soccer Conference title with a win over the Blazers. Senior Cameron Varlan had the other goal.
Thursday's rain postponed the match, then it was moved to Marquette. The Wolves also moved their senior night festivities.
"It was kind of strange thing to have to do," Boone Grove coach Brian Sherwin said. We did a good job playing a nice, tough game."
The Wolves host a Class A sectional next week, and Sherwin hopes the extra time off the field will improve the playing conditions.
"We didn't want to rip it up by playing there (Friday)," he said. "It would be a shame to not have it in great condition for next week."