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Canton’s Bowman falls in final of NCCC Tournament at No. 1 singles

Tennis graphicSUFFIELD – Canton High junior Joe Bowman won two matches before falling to Ellington’s Micah Fox in straight sets in the championship match at No. 1 singles at the recent NCCC boys tennis tournament at Suffield High.

Fox beat Bowman, 6-1, 6-1 to win the league’s singles championship and help Ellington capture the league tournament with a 17-14 win over Granby. The Purple Knights had finalists in three of the four singles tournaments. Ellington and Granby shared the league championship with 13-1 records this spring.

Liam Connolly (No. 2 singles) and Brendan Shepard (No. 3 singles) each finished fourth in their respective tournament brackets.

At the Class S tournament in West Hartford, Connolly and Shepard both lost their first round matches in straight sets.

Bowman, seeded 11th, won his first two matches beating Harry Jones of Valley Regional, 6-2, 6-0 and William Micheson of Stonington, 6-3, 6-1. Bowman was eliminated by No. 6 seed Oliver Hasson of Northwest Catholic in the third round, 6-2, 6-1.

East Catholic won the title with 19 points, followed by Old Saybrook (16), Old Lyme (13), Nonnewaug (10) and Housatonic (10).

Class S boys tennis tournament

  • No. 13 Aaron Romero, East Hampton def. Brendan Shepard, Canton, 6-0, 6-0
  • No. 11 Joseph Bowman, Canton def. Harry Jones, Valley Regional, 6-2, 6-0; def. William Micheson, Stonington, 6-3, 6-1; Third round – Lost No. 6 Oliver Hasson, NW Catholic, 6-2 6-1
  • Sam Moran, Morgan def. Liam Connolly, Canton, 6-2, 6-2

2016 NCCC boys tennis tournament
At Suffield High
Top team results – 1. Ellington 17, 2. Granby 14, 3. Suffield 9, 4. Windsor Locks 7, 5. Canton 6
No. 1 – Micah Fox, Ellington def. Joe Bowman, Canton, 6-1, 6-1; 3. Fred Moffa, Granby def. Mark Labbe, Windsor Locks, 8-4
No. 2 – Chris Quealy-Munroe, Windsor Locks def. Alex Panek, Ellington, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 (tiebreaker); 3. Owen Harter, Granby def. Liam Connolly, Canton
No. 3 – Kyle Johnson, Ellington def. Charlie Lange, Granby, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 (tiebreaker); 3. Sam Pines, Suffield def. Brendan Shepard, Canton
No. 4 – Evan Holm, Granby def. Brad Pines, Suffield, 7-5, 6-2; 3. Dominic Scata, Ellington def. Connor Pingley-Bala, Enfield/Somers, 8-2

No. 1 – P. Connolly/Z. Yahne, Suffield def. A. Main/M. Heller, Granby, 6-3, 6-3; 3. M. Weiner/L. Vandeventer, Ellington def. M. Emery/T. Hughes, Ellington
No. 2 – S. Deforge/N Welton, Ellington def. D. Babushkin/T. Stanton, Enfield/Somers, 7-6, 6-2
No. 3 – J. Frye/J. Zuffelato, Ellington vs. C. Juliano/C. Downes, Granby; 3. M. Wadi-Hamiden/M. Abidallah, Windsor Locks def. D. Chankiewicz/T. Evans-Dwight, Suffield, 8-5

NCCC boys tennis standings
                                NCCC     Overall
x-Ellington                 13-1       15-1
x-Granby                   13-1       13-3
Suffield                        9-5       11-6
Windsor Locks             7-7        9-8
Enfield/Somers            7-7        7-7
Canton                        5-9         5-9
Hartford Classical      1-13       5-13
Bolton                        1-13       1-13
x-shared league championship

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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