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Dallas team third in doubles; WW’s Maiocco fourth in singles

Senior Dan Flynn and freshman Tucker Chesman capped a championship season for the Dallas boys tennis team by placing third in the state in Class 2A Saturday when the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Doubles Tournament concluded.

Western Wayne senior Lenny Maiocco, a three-time District 2 champion, capped his career with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A singles.

Chesman and Flynn often occupied the top two singles spots in the lineup for Dallas while it was taking an unbeaten record all the way to the state team tournament as champion of the Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 Class 2A.

Placed in doubles together after Maiocco grabbed District 2’s state singles berth as champion, Chesman and Flynn got on a roll. They won the District 2 tournament and their first two state matches Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club where both the singles and doubles events are held simultaneously each year.

Eventual champions Mitchell Bramiage and Ryan Bill from Devon Prep ended the Chesman-Flynn title hopes in Saturday’s early morning semifinals, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

Chesman-Flynn bounced back in the third-place match, beating South Park’s Joe Toth-Ethan Bowden, 6-3, 6-4.

Maiocco also won twice Friday before losing to the eventual champ in the Saturday semifinals.

Nile Abadir, a sophomore from Lancaster Country Day, dropped the first set in both his Saturday matches, but he came back. He beat Maiocco, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6.

Windbert’s Matt Kozar then defeated Maiocco, 7-5, 6-3, for third place.

The state semifinal appearance was the second for Maiocco, who made it as a sophomore in 2019. There was no tournament last year when all Pennsylvania spring high school sports were canceled because of the pandemic.

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