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Newton-conover Wins Doubles Title; Salisbury Freshman Takes 2-A Singles

NCHSAA 2-A MEN’S TENNIS

NEWTON-CONOVER TAKES DOUBLES FOR 3RD STRAIGHT YEAR;SALISBURY FRESHMAN WINS SINGLES TITLE

CARY— A Newton-Conover team captured the doubles title for the third year in a row in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men’s tennis championships on Saturday at the Cary Tennis Center.

The team of Ryan Lampe and John Tate defeated Wilkes Central’s Jesse Massucco and Evan Day 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match. The Red Devil team had ousted Alan Lebowitz and Abraham Post of Salisbury in a semifinal earlier on Saturday.

Lampe was a part of the 2011 state title duo as he paired with Hang Lak Choi, who was a member of both the ’10 and ’11 championship teams.

Freshman Michael Ogden of Salisbury downed South Iredell’s Patrick Hensley in the singles championship in impressive fashion, 6-4, 6-0. Hensley was the state runner-up in last year’s championships.

Ogden survived a tough three-set match in a morning semifinal, dropping the first set to Ray Webb Parker of Shelby but rallying to win 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

2-A STATE MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

CARY TENNIS CENTER

Saturday’s Results

SINGLES—SEMIFINALS

Patrick Hensley (South Iredell) def. Eben Wells (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) 6-2, 6-4; Michael Ogden (Salisbury) def. Ray Webb Parker (Shelby) 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.

SINGLES—CHAMPIONSHIP

Ogden (Salisbury) def. Hensley (South Iredell) 6-4, 6-0.

DOUBLES—SEMIFINALS

Jesse Massucco-Evan Day (Wilkes Central) def. Miles Poage-Joseph Hendrick (Shelby) 7-6(2), 6-3; Ryan Lampe-John Tate (Newton-Conover) def. Alan Lebowitz-Abraham Post (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES—CHAMPIONSHIP

Lampe-Tate (Newton-Conover) def. Massucco-Day (Wilkes Central) 6-3, 6-1.