John D'Alessandro's first-singles victory spurs St. Anthony's to CHSAA title

St. Anthony's John D'Alessandro returns a volley from St. Anthony's John D'Alessandro returns a volley from Chaminade's Cameron Posillico in the first singles match of the CHSAA boys' tennis team championship at Hofstra University. (May 6, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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No. 1 St. Anthony's defeated No. 2 Chaminade, 6-1, Monday at Hofstra to win the CHSAA boys tennis championship.

It's the second league title in the last three years and seventh overall for St. Anthony's (10-0).

"Our guys really played well, they competed for every point," St. Anthony's coach Rich Roslund said. "At the beginning of the year, we said we hope to be playing at our best in the last match of the year, and that's exactly what we did."

John D'Alessandro defeated Cameron Posillico, 6-0, 6-3, at first singles. Brian Hoffarth defeated Richard Spinelli, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles.

Pat Farrell defeated Robert Sangirardi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, at third singles. Matt Pavese defeated Vinny Sciortino, 6-4, 6-2, at fourth singles.

"Our singles group has been our strength, I can't remember another year where our singles guys have been this strong," Roslund said.

Chris Granito and Robby Falvo defeated David Gage and Maks Jakobsze, 6-1, 6-4, at first doubles. Griffin Rovira and J.J. Kelly defeated Steven Cortese and Daniel McCabe, 6-2, 6-0, at second doubles. "Our guys played great, they battled all the way through," Roslund said. "These were the first two matches to finish and our singles guys were watching, so it got them fired up for their matches."

Jack Moriarty and Brendan Harney defeated Brandon O'Brien and Neal Impellizeri, 6-1, 6-3, for Chaminade (7-3). "From the beginning of the year to now, this is the most improved team I've coached," Roslund said. "They really deserve this result, it's a great way to finish the season."

Uniondale 5, Division 2: Samuel Noel and Samuel Sagesse defeated Allan Rappaport and Nelson Daniels, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, at first doubles to lead No. 2 Uniondale (8-3) in the first round of the Nassau Conference 4B playoffs. Uniondale will face No. 1 West Hempstead in the conference championship today at Malverne at 4 p.m.

BASEBALL

Great Neck South 5, Roosevelt 4: Thomas Kelly scored the winning run on an error in the ninth inning after tying the game in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI triple to lead Great Neck South (12-3) in the CountyWide.

SOFTBALL

Island Trees 13, Wantagh 0: Alannah Basile struck out 10 and walked one in six no-hit innings for Island Trees (9-3) in Nassau Conference A-I.

Ashley Melendez was 3-for-4, with two homers and five RBIs and Tori Tedeschi went 2-for-4, with a homer, an RBI and two runs. Island Trees clinched a share of the conference title with Plainedge, as well as the No. 2 seed in the Nassau Class A playoffs.

GIRLS BADMINTON

St. John the Baptist 4, St. Anthony's 3: Lauren Fremgen and Alexis Rubenstein edged Anne Bode and Carolyn Nappy, 26-28, 21-17, 21-17, at first doubles. In third doubles, Jasmine Ervin and Anastasia Fitzgerald defeated Alexandria Morrell and Shannon Townsend, 17-21, 21-13, 21-18, to lead St. John the Baptist (11-0) in CHSAA.

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