Hall denied repeat SCL Singles title
Sophomore Sean Hall, recently playing at the high school courts, competed for the Dragons at last week's SCL Singles tourney at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was denied his second-straight title.
For the second year in a row, the same two boys' tennis finalists battled for the Sonoma County League Singles championship.
Last year, Sonoma Valley High School's Sean Hall claimed the SCL crown by beating Casa Grande freshman Matt Halligan in straight sets in the tournament's championship match.
Thursday, after first-round byes, both second-seeded Hall and top-seeded Halligan, now sophomores, breezed through their second-round and semifinal matches into the finals, where a vastly improved Halligan captured the SCL Singles title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over a battling Hall at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Hall reached the finals with a 6-1, 7-5 semifinal victory over Healdsburg's Larson, after the Dragon eliminated El Molino's Green 6-2, 6-1 in the second-round.
In the SCL Singles tourney, Sonoma was also represented by sophomore Stephen Montano, who was edged 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 by Gregonis of El Molino in the first-round.
Four Dragons competed in the SCL Doubles championships, with senior David Cole and sophomore Griffin Hill defeating Windsor's Evans and Adams 6-2, 6-2 in the first-round, but falling to Casa's Mansio and Phan 0-6, 2-6 in the second-round.
Sonoma sophomores Liam Casey and Aidan Lacy beat Analy's Rahimi and Rose 6-2, 6-2 in their first-round match, but they also were eliminated in the second-round 0-6, 4-6 by Petaluma's Schaffer and Simpson.
With no Dragon advancing to the North Coast Section championships, Sonoma's boys' tennis season came to an end at the SCL tourneys.