Two local players, both sophomores, have advanced to the singles semifinals at the Central Section boys tennis individual championships today at Tulare-Mission Oak.
Erik Buetow of Bakersfield Christian and Stockdale’s Brandon Park will play on the opposite sides of the singles bracket in this morning’s 9 a.m. semifinals, with the final scheduled for noon.
Park defeated East High senior Kaleb Johnson, the two-time BVarsity Player of the Year, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. He will play Albertus DuPlessis of Clovis-Buchanan in the semifinals. DuPlessis, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 3 Nathan Kwon from BCHS 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Buetow, in his first year at BCHS after moving from Ohio, will play No. 1 seed and 2015 section champion Daly Meinert of Clovis North.
Buetow defeated Garrison Quinn of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
In doubles, the Stockdale team of Andrew Huang and Raguvir Kunani advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nolan and Phillip Shafik of Liberty.
The Shafik brothers defeated Kunani and Huang in the Southwest Yosemite League finals early in the month.
Huang and Kunani will play the top-seeded Clovis North team of Billy Schulz and Michael Fourchy in the semifinals.
No locals advance at state swimming
None of the four locals who qualified for the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships were able to move into the finals at Clovis West High School.
Frontier junior Colin Rabanal finished 22nd in the boys 100-yard freestyle in a time of 46.86, and teammate Ariane Skeggs also finished 22nd in the girls 200 free (1:53.05). The top 16 in each event moved onto the finals.
Frontier junior Kassidy Lemminn also swam in the girls 200 free in 1:54.91, good for 32nd place.
Liberty’s Julio Alcantar, the Central Section Division I champion in the boys 100 backstroke, finished 34th in the state preliminaries in 53.57.