Boys Tennis: Payton’s Darrell Robbins captures second Public League title
Updated: May 5, 2012 5:11PM
The Public league individual tennis championships figure to be a harbinger of the team championships which take place next weekend. Payton, Whitney Young and Lincoln Park were well represented in the final events.
The headliner was Payton’s Darrell Robbins who captured his second consecutive No. 1 singles championship at Tuley Park on Saturday, where he first learned his game.
‘‘I grew up at this park so it feels really good,’’ Robbins said. ‘‘I didn’t want to beat (Brandon Wozniczka of Taft) like that. He was easily my biggest threat in public league competition.’’
Robbins won the first set handily at 6-1, but Wozniczka had to retire in the second set due to an ankle injury. Woznickzka’s only two losses in public league competition came at the hands of Robbins.
‘‘It was a good win for him,’’ Payton coach Walter Kinderman said. ‘‘(Wozniczka) was his closest competition other than Nick Goralka in practice.’’
Payton has won the last three city titles and figures to remain strong with Goralka winning the No. 2 singles match over Lane’s Alex Keller, 6-1, 6-1. Goralka is only a sophomore and will inherit the No. 1 singles position after Robbins graduates this year.
‘‘Nick will be the best player in the public league next year,’’ Kinderman said. ‘‘He may even be the best in the city as well, counting Catholic League schools.’’
Young won the first of two doubles championships when its No. 1 team of Michael Bartello and Gabe Glinsey defeated Payton’s Lorenzo Villegas and Matt Cullen, 6-2, 6-2.
‘‘`I was having trouble serving today,’’ Bartello said. ‘‘We made up for it with our volleys.’’
The No. 3 doubles team of Davion Belk and Bob Holbert ended a marathon three set match by capturing the last four games in a row after trailing 5-3 in the third set. The Young pair defeated Lincoln Park’s Anthony Yu and Billy Ruseman, 6-7(6-8), 6-0, 7-5.
Lincoln Park’s Gar Cronell and Ransom Braaten won the No. 2 doubles over Young’s Zachariah Schmidt and Ellis Lona with a 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (7-4) victory.
In next weekend’s team competition, Young figures to be the team that has the best chance to end Payton’s run of city titles. In a dual match earlier this season, Young won with a 3-2 victory with all of the Dolphins victories coming in the doubles matches.
‘‘Payton is our biggest rivals,’’ Glinsey said. ‘‘We will have to do well for us to win that championship.’’