Four players from the Valley advanced to the quarterfinals of the District 4 Singles Tournament at Williamsport High School on Saturday.
Through rounds one and two, Lewisburg’s Tim Sprunt, Mifflinburg’s Matt Southerton, plus Selinsgrove’s Rob Smith and Brady Fries all played like VIPs.
However, all four of those players were denied the opportunity to advance further as each one fell in his respective quarterfinal match.
The eighth-seeded Southerton had the tough task of facing last year’s district runner-up in Towanda’s David Rodenhizer, the No. 1 seed. Rodenhizer cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory to set up a semifinal matchup with unseeded Tyler Dugan of Galeton.
Dugan downed Smith in their quarterfinal match, 6-3, 7-5.
In the bottom half of the bracket, No. 3 seed Christian Cioffi defeated Sprunt in their quarterfinal match, 6-2, 6-0. Cioffi next faces No. 2 seed Aaron Dillman of Wellsboro after the Hornet beat Fries in their quarterfinal, 6-0, 6-1.
The losses by Southerton and Fries came after each player picked up a hard-fought win in the second round following a loss to start the match.
Southerton gutted out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Hughesville’s Josh Fry, while Fries fended off Milton’s Alandean Elsayed for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory.
The semifinals and finals are Monday at West Branch Racquet Club in South Williamsport beginning at 2 p.m.
The top two finishers advance to the PIAA Tournament held May 23 and 24 at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Milton 3, Delaware Valley 2
Union Endicott 2, Milton 0
WILLIAMSPORT — The Black Panthers started off the annual tournament with a loss, and thanks to the Milton prom on Saturday night, they also ended it on the wrong side of the win column.
Milton (12-2) got a pair of three-hit games from Mackenna Miller and Kiah Brink versus Delaware Valley. But when Miller, Taylor Batman and other upperclassmen left to go to the prom following the game, it wasn’t the same Black Panthers team that faced Union Endicott (N.Y.) in the second game of the day.
Milton was held to just one hit versus Union Endicott — a single by Dani Lincoln — and the team committed two errors.
Palmyra 17, Lewisburg 6
PALMYRA — The Cougars had too much firepower for the Green Dragons as they took the nonleague game. Hannah Gotoff led Lewisburg with three goals.