Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers outscored opponents 48-1 en route to his second Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional championship. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
There wasn’t a lot of drama or surprises when Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers breezed through four opponents by a combined score of 48-1 to win the singles title at the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, which wrapped up Saturday afternoon.
But the event produced some fun storylines in other areas.
H-F’s top singles player, Jeremy Miller, was paired up with junior Jesse Myles and they won the sectional crown with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Andrew’s Austin Wabi and Alan Wang.
Marian’s Patrick Murday, a state qualifier in doubles in 2013, made it an all Marian singles final by reaching the championship before falling to teammate Scheffers, 6-0, 6-1.
Illiana Christian freshman Jason Eberly and senior Ben Van Til took fourth place in doubles but became the first Illiana state qualifiers since 2003.
For the fifth year in a row, a member of the Karczynski family will head to state for Andrew. Kevin Karczynski qualified four years in a row from 2010-13 and the family did not miss a beat when freshman Nick Karczynski finished third in the sectional.
H-F sophomore Devohn Hall had to beat a player he lost to during the regular season, Kent Pitsenberger of Illiana Christian, 6-3, 7-6, in the quarterfinals to qualify for state.
Marian, which had never won a sectional prior to 2011, won its third title in four years racking up 29 points while H-F had 24 and Andrew 19. Joining Scheffers and Murday at state is the Spartans doubles team of Paul Lamb and Sam Roche.
“This has been a year in which we overachieved,” Marian coach Scot Bodnar said. “Obviously Kyle is a blue-chipper but the rest of them work really hard and enjoy tennis. They are good leaders and it’s a team that improved from the year before. They are not a bunch of United States Tennis Association players.’’
In two years of singles sectional play, Scheffers racked up an 8-0 record and outscored opponents 96-3.
“I was hoping to play Patrick in the finals – I have never played against him in match before,” Scheffers said. “We play against each other in practice and on our own. But I didn’t feel bad about beating him.’’
Last year, Scheffers finished 3-2 in the state meet reaching the fifth round of the consolation round before bowing out to Joliet Co-op star Jack Carney, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Last year, he was seeded in the 17-32 group at the state tourney and it’s possible that he will get seeded in the 9-16 or 5-8 group this season.