Local boys chase state tennis titles
East Chapel Hill’s Max Smith is among the field of area tennis players still journeying down the road toward state titles in the N.C. High School Athletic Association tournament championships.
Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualified for the state championships.
Competition begins Thursday at 9 a.m. in all classifications. Two rounds will be played on Thursday, with the semifinals Friday morning and the championship matches that afternoon.
The field is smaller for the 1-A tournament, so the only Friday match will be the championship at 9 a.m.
Carrboro’s Brian Freiburghouse, last year’s 2-A runner-up, has qualified again:
1-A — Cary Tennis Center: Doubles, first round — Harrison Stone-Christian Quick (Voyager Academy) vs. Sam Hill Jennings-Alex Wang (Misenheimer Gray Stone Day).
2-A —Cary Tennis Center: Singles, first round — Jason Wykoff (Carrboro) vs. Cameron Clemons (Monroe Central Academy). Brian Freiburghouse (Carrboro) vs. Krishna Tiwari (Wilkes Central). Michael Ogden (Salisbury) vs. Ian Lobaugh (Durham School of the Arts). Doubles, first round — Thomas Chapman-Austin Miller (Mount Pleasant) vs. Daniel Oh-Justin Yang (Durham N.C. School of Science and Math). Paul Flournoy-Aaron Hiller (Carrboro) vs. David Ryu-Hunter Dean (Trinity). Max Fritch-Jake Zinn (Carrboro) vs. Parker Jordan-Kevin Reynolds (Wilkes Central).
3-A —Burlington Tennis Center: Singles, first round — Austin Allen (Asheboro) vs. Chris Chang (Chapel Hill). Bryan Zhang (Chapel Hill) vs. Austin Schepel (Waxhaw Cuthbertson). George Lovitt (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) vs. Zac Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge). Jackson Willis (Nash Central) vs. Isaac Sluder (Waynesville Tuscola). Doubles, first round — Avanish Madhavaram-Hayden Wohlfarth (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) vs. Alex Walker-Ashwin Bhargava (Chapel Hill). Tremel Davis-Matthew Outlaw (Northern Nash) vs. Trey LaSure-Myles Grady (Asheville).
4-A —Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh: Singles, first round —Bo Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield) vs. Max Smith (East Chapel Hill). Doubles, first round — Jensen Martin-Phil Lauture (Raleigh Wakefield) vs. Jack Devonport-Connor Lutz (East Chapel Hill).
NOTE: All four classes of the men’s dual team tennis championships are scheduled for May 17 at Burlington Tennis Center.