By Brian Holtzapple
The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- A trio of boys tennis teams from the Valley -- Lewisburg, Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove -- entered the District 4 team tournament on Friday all with high hopes.
On the one hand you had the Green Dragons, who are vying for their third consecutive district team title, and their fourth crown in the last five years.
While on the other hand there are the Seals and Wildcats, who are both searching for their first district championship.
Lewisburg and Selinsgrove stayed right on course in their respective quests, although Mifflinburg wasn't as fortunate.
The Green Dragons and Seals both breezed through their only match on the day at Bloomsburg University to advance to next week's semifinals, where they would be one win away from setting up an all-Heartland Athletic Conference final.
The semifinals get underway Tuesday at 3 p.m. back at Bloomsburg, with the top two teams advancing to the PIAA tournament beginning May 13.
Lewisburg (16-1) was the first team to punch its ticket into the semis after the Green Dragons opened with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Cowanesque Valley.
Next up for Lewisburg is the winner of the match between top-seeded Galeton and Central Columbia.
"Our goal from the beginning of the year was to defend our district title, so this is the first step towards that," said Lewisburg coach Jim King. "The challenge today was to not look beyond (Cowanesque Valley). Our guys were focused and we played solid in every match.
"Our guys took care of business."
And the Green Dragons did it very quickly at that.
At Nos. 2 and 3 singles, Tim Sprunt and Tyler Spinello defeated their opponents by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Then the No. 1 doubles team of Nick Chamberlin and Matt Still clinched the match for Lewisburg with another 6-0, 6-0 win.
When it was all said and done, the Green Dragons needed less than 45 minutes to take down the Indians.