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Another sport, another title match between St. Anthony's and Chaminade

St. Anthony's John D'Alessandro during the championship singles

St. Anthony's John D'Alessandro during the championship singles match. (May 14, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Getting tired of CHSAA finals between St. Anthony’s and Chaminade?

Too bad.

The two rivals will go head-to-head in a championship match in a seventh varsity sport this season on Monday, when they square off in the CHSAA tennis final at Hofstra.

St. Anthony’s, the No. 1 seed led by defending CHSAA singles champion John D'Alessandro, went undefeated in league play and knocked off No. 4 Kellenberg in a semifinal Friday to return to the title match.

Chaminade, the No. 2 seed and defending league champion, beat St. John the Baptist in Friday’s semifinal.

In two meetings during the regular season, St. Anthony’s beat Chaminade 5-2 on April 10 and 4-3 on April 16. Last year’s final between these two teams came down to a thrilling match at third doubles that ultimately went Chaminade’s way in a 4-3 victory.

The championship rivalry was refueled this past fall.

In football, Zane Wasp hit a go-ahead field goal with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Chaminade a 17-16 lead, and Dan Fowler blocked St. Anthony’s field goal attempt in the final seconds to seal the title for the Flyers. In soccer, it took a goal by Chaminade’s Kyle Walsh in the final minute to force overtime and Hnuter Frey's final penalty to give the Flyers the 4-2 edge on penalties to win the title.

In the winter, St. Anthony’s swept Chaminade in a best-of-three series to win the hockey championship, using overtime in Game 2 to clinch the title. In wrestling, the two schools were first and second at the CHSAA state championships, with Chaminade coming out on top 226-219.5. That, however, avenged St. Anthony’s league title, won by a 341.5-330 margin.

In cross country, St. Anthony’s beat Chaminade for its second consecutive league title, but in winter indoor track Chaminade had the edge, a 29-28 victory in the final.

If recent history is any indication, Monday’s tennis battle should be another one for the record books.