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May 6, 2014

H.S. boys tennis: Galeton tops Selinsgrove to reign in District 4

By Brian Holtzapple

The Daily Item

BLOOMSBURG -- There was a changing of the guard Tuesday in the finals of the District 4 Team Tournament.

For the first time in the last five years, a team other than Lewisburg or Hughesville walked away with the district championship.

The new district titleist hails from the Northern Tier, as top-seeded Galeton upended No. 3 Selinsgrove, 3-1 on the upper campus of Bloomsburg University, to put a blemish on what is arguably the best season in program history for the Seals.

However, both teams advance to the PIAA Tournament which begins May 13. All games start at 2 p.m.

Selinsgrove (15-2) will face the District 3 champ -- either Manheim Township or Lower Dauphin -- most likely the Hershey Racquet Club.

Galeton (16-0) plays the District 11 runner-up at "home," the West Branch Racquet Club.

"It was a difficult loss, and it was hard, but we got here and our goal was to push on up to the finals," said Selinsgrove coach Duke Fravel. "Now we'll get a chance to play at states, so that will be nice.

"It was disappointing to lose, but I can't say I'm unhappy. I think the boys played hard and that's all you can expect."

Fravel thought that in order for his team to claim the title, the Seals would need to win at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, as well as No. 2 doubles. But Galeton saw to it to ruin Selinsgrove's best-laid plans.

The Tigers drew first blood in the match when Tyler Dugan beat Brady Fries at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Moments later Rob Smith tied the match for the Seals with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.

Galeton then went up 2-1 behind a 6-2, 6-0 win from its No. 1 doubles team of Eli Trimbar and David Rigas over Aidan Finnerty and Garrett Benner.

The match was later won when Mitchell Smith beat Theron Fravel, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.

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