For the first time since 2002, a new Academic Athletic Association singles boys’ tennis champion will be crowned today.
A year after Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong won his fourth straight AAA championship, Lowell freshman Antony Bogodist will try to begin his own reign at the top of The City tennis ranks. The top-seeded Bogodist overcame a first-set loss to beat Washington’s Benson Chau 3-6,
6-2, 6-1 in one semifinal. He will face Wallenberg’s Javan Gardinier. The second-seeded Gardinier beat Lowell junior Max Zidorov in straight sets
6-3, 7-5 to set up today’s 3 p.m. final at the Golden Gate Park tennis center.
In the doubles competition, the top-seeded team of Brent Lee and Alex Nguyen from Lowell beat fellow Cardinals Greg Balter and Gary Podvalny 7-5, 6-2 to advance to today’s final. The Lowell duo will face another Lowell twosome. Frank Lu and Vadim Zakiyan, the third-seeded team, upset second-seeded Jose Lopez and Matthew Won of Washington 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
» Hirakawa-Wong is enjoying his first season with the Santa Clara men’s tennis team. The four-time AAA champion is 5-5 in singles matches and 3-3 with various doubles partners.
» Former Burton track star Roshena Duree, who set the AAA All-City meet record in the
110-meter hurdles in 2002, is evolving as a top athlete at the college level for Sacramento State.
For the third time this season, the junior earned Big Sky Conference co-Track Athlete of the Week. She won the 100 hurdles in a season-best 13.76 seconds at the Sacramento Invitational. Duree also leads the Hornets in the 200 and triple jump. Duree holds two school records in indoor track in the 55-meter hurdles and in the triple jump.
» Former Sacred Heart Cathedral infielder Rory O’Sulivan finished up his career with the Pomona-Pitzer, batting .287 and notching a .981 fielding percentage this season. He started all 30 games.
» Former Lincoln standout Domingo Jojola, the 2005 AAA boys’ golf champion, was instrumental in USF finishing second in the West Coast Conference championships. Jojola finished eighth with rounds of 74, 72 and 75. The left-hander won the Hargrove Davis Spring Classic in March.
» Former Lowell shortstop Conor Casey started all 29 games for Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia, in his freshman year.
» Elaine Harris, who played golf at St. Ignatius, completed her sophomore season at Indiana, where she competed in every tournament for the Hoosiers and was second in scoring average.