Brian Hoffarth knew this was his last chance to make his mark.
The St. Anthony's senior captain entered the CHSAA individual tennis singles championship against Chaminade's Colin Sacco, who had beaten him in five of six matches the last two seasons, including last year's championship.
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But Hoffarth used his strong serve to defeat Sacco, 6-3, 6-2, and cap his final year with a championship.
"This means so much, it's really unbelievable," Hoffarth said. "There's really no game plan because we know each other so well after playing so many times. It's always tough and I hope I get to see more of him in college."
The first set was tied at 3 before Hoffarth ripped off three straight games to win the set. He jumped out early in the second set and took control of the match.
Hoffarth knew he'd have to deal with Sacco's strong forehand and relentless pressure to stay ahead in the match.
"I have to use everything I can against him because he's too good," Hoffarth said. "If I want to beat him I have to use whatever I can."
When he jumped ahead 4-2 in the second set he said he knew he finally had the resilient Sacco in trouble.
"When I stepped on the court I was warming up well," Hoffarth said. "You never know for sure, but I started feeling more confident in the second set."
Hoffarth, who said he will play college tennis at Loyola of Maryland, left an impression on his coach, Rich Roslund.
"Brian probably played the best match he has in four years today," Roslund said. "He put everything together and played a special match. It's great for him to end his career at St. Anthony's with a match like that."
In the doubles final, Justin Knowles and Peter Fahy of Chaminade won the title by defeating teammates Alex Droesch and Andrew Adamo, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.