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FRANKFORT – After four days of battling the elements and each other, it took a special playoff to decide the Eighth Region boys’ tennis championship between South Oldham and North Oldham high schools.
“Unbelievable,” SOHS coach Wood McGraw said. “It simply could not get any closer.” The two teams finished the regional tourney in Frankfort tied with 11 points each, prompting a playoff match Saturday at neutral site Oldham County High School. That match ended in a tie with SOHS winning the two doubles matches and NOHS taking the two singles matches. SOHS won the title on their total games won in the tourney, 43-42. The two schools also took top honors with SOHS’ doubles tandem of Steve Mayborg and Austin White winning the region and NOHS’ Cyrus Moslemi taking the individual title. The region title was the fourth in the last five years for SOHS, capping a year for team that overcame injuries and inexperience. “At the beginning of the year I thought we were going to have to have some guys make a lot of improvement and the biggest reason was we had some injuries,” McGraw said. “When we got those guys back and they were healed, I have to give them credit because they really started playing well.” The playoff showcased the strengths of both teams in NOHS’ singles pair of Cyrus Moslemi and Alec Papovich and the SOHS doubles teams all of whom won. “It really could not have been any closer,” NOHS coach Todd Arterburn said. “I really thought the guys stepped up and played well. We just came up a game short.” One of the big keys for SOHS in their drive to the title came in the doubles when Mayborg and William Reed returned to their respective doubles teams. Reed was out the longest, missing the first eight matches of the season. The Mayborg/White crown was an upset as the pair defeated defending champions and No. 1 seed Bryan Steitz and James Robb of Franklin County 6-2, 6-3. The SOHS pair was the No. 2 seed. SOHS took the title by controlling play around the net and by stopping a Franklin comeback in the final game, winning four straight points after falling into a 15-40 deficit. “Based on the score in the finals and the score from the regular season, I would say it is a big upset,” McGraw said. “The Franklin County coach was very complimentary of Steven and Austin after the match and about how well they played.” Following the doubles final, Moslemi forced the playoff when he beat Shelby County’s Antonio Soler 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the singles final. Moslemi, who won a regional crown for Washington County last year, was able to come back strong against a rally in the final match, winning four straight points to claim the title. The state meet is today (Thursday) through Saturday at the University of Kentucky. Boys’ team scores - SOHS 12 (won playoff for team title by winning 43 games to North Oldham’s 42), NOHS 11, Franklin Co. 7, Bullitt East 7, Western Hills 6, Shelby Co. 6, OCHS 4, Anderson Co, 3, Trimble Co, 2.. Playoff Singles Cyrus Moslemi (NOHS) d. Jordan Pitts (SOHS) 6-0, 6-1 Alec Papovich (NOHS) d. Jason Pitts (SOHS) 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. Doubles Steven Mayborg/Austin White (SOHS) d. Tyler Kalindi and Darius Moslemi (NOHS) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 William Reed/Jeppe Stig-Nielson (SOHS) d. Tyler Gilbert/Eddie Hernandez (NOHS) 6-1, 6-1. Regional Singles Second round Andrew Barrett (BE) d. Jason Pitts (SOHS) 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-5 Antoni Soler (Shelby Co.) d. Kyle Stewart (OCHS) 6-0, 2-0, retired Quarterfinals Cyrus Moslemi (NOHS) d. Jordan Pitts (SOHS) 6-0, 6-0 Semifinals Cyrus Moslemi (NOHS) d. Taylor Wise (Western Hills) 6-3, 6-2 Finals Cyrus Moslemi (NOHS) d. Antonio Soler (Shelby Co.) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Doubles Second round Tyler Gilbert/Eddy Hernandez (NOHS) d. Walker/Myers (Spencer Co.) 6-2, 6-1 Austin White/Steve Mayborg (SOHS) d. Patterson/Shahid (W. Hills) 6-3, 6-1 Quarterfinals Steitz/Robb (Franklin Co.) d. Darius Moslemi/Tyler Kilambi (NOHS) 6-1, 7-6 Jeppe Stig-Nielsen/William Reed (SOHS) d. Kemmer/Mann (Western Hills) 6-1 6-0 Austin White/Steve Mayborg (SOHS) d. Tyler Gilbert/Eddy Hernandez (NOHS) 6-0, 6-1 Semifinals Steitz/Robb (Franklin Co.) d. Jeppe Stig-Nielsen/William Reed (SOHS) 6-1, 6-3 Finals Austin White/Steve Mayborg (SOHS) d. Steitz/Robb (Franklin Co.) 6-2, 6-3 E-mail us about this story at: email@example.com