Marian Catholic edges out MarmionMarian Catholic's J. Childers hits the ball back to Lockport's Phil Lullo.
Updated: April 25, 2011 6:28AM
Marian Catholic (42 points) took home the Lockport Invitational Saturday, out dueling Marmion (39) and Lockport (26) in the eight-team invite. The Spartans had been getting a little tired of looking up in team standings in recent years.
"We've been close the last couple years at this invitational and sectionals, but our young team has gotten a little older now," Marian coach Scott Bodnar said. "We can always get better though."
In Flight A singles, which paired No. 1 and No. 2 singles against one another, Marian's Julian Childers won all four of his matches handily, defeating Lockport's Lucas Randall, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals.
"You have to stay mentally tough out here when balls go out that in ideal conditions, without the wind, would stay in," Childers said. "I'm just happy to come out on top."
Lucas Randall had more than the wind on his mind, as his brother and doubles partner, Chad, was rushed to the emergency room after a checkup less than 24 hours before the invite for pneumothorax. Randall had to play singles for the first time in his high school career with his brother out.
"Basically he had a collapsed lung," Lucas Randall said. "It was tough to focus, but he's going to be okay and should be out of the hospital in the next couple of a days."
Chad Randall, a three-time state qualifier, will be out for the rest of the tennis season, but doctors told his family he should be fine for next season when he competes at the University of St. Francis.
"He's really bummed he's going to miss out on his final season," Lucas Randall said. "I was going to move to singles eventually anyway, so this was good practice."
Marian's duo of Mitch Zavesky and Kyle Scheffers won Flight A doubles, defeating Marmion's Will Graft and Jackson Rettig in a 3-6, 6-2, 11-9 battle.
"There was a lot of negativity on our side of the court in the first game, but we fixed that real quick," Zavesky said. "We came back strong because we knew we could take them."
Argo (23), Minooka (11), Plainfield East (9), Romeoville (7) and Stagg (6) rounded out the team standings.