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Chatham wins Section II, Class C/D girls tennis title

Contributed photoPictured is the Section II, Class C/D varsity girls tennis champion Chatham Lady Panthers team.
October 11, 2018 10:57 am Updated: October 11, 2018 11:27 am

BETHLEHEM — The Chatham Lady Panthers wrapped up an undefeated season by knocking off Schoharie 7-0 to win the Section II, Class C/D varsity girls tennis championship on Wednesday.

“A very entertaining match between two excellent Class C schools. I was impressed by the determination of my players today,” Chatham coach Michael Griggs said. “Margot Schassler, Lily Nowak and Sydney Newton/Sydney Putnam all played excellent three-set matches. Both teams displayed a tremendous amount of skills and passion throughout.”

With the win, Chatham closes its season at 16-0.

“I am really proud of these girls,” Griggs said. “They came into the season ready to go and played a really dominant style of tennis as a whole. Our doubles teams communicated well with each other and our seniors showed tremendous leadership. I’m really happy our seniors can leave as champions. Despite losing these seniors, I am happy that we have a large team of kids eager to play for next season.”

Included in the group of young stars coming back next year is Jahnaya Armstrong — a seventh grader who won the Patroon Conference singles tournament last week.

Results (Chatham listed first): Aaliyah Harris def. Margot Williams 6-1, 6-1; Jahnaya Armstrong def. Alaina Sholtes 6-1, 6-2; Lillian Nowak def. Misha Carter-Smith 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5); Margot Schassler def. Mackenzie Diamond 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Anna Miles won by forfeit; Doubles: Sydney Newton/Sydney Putnam def. Mary Palmeri/Allison Gallagher 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4; Hoon Sook Baneni/Sonam Verma def. Samantha Lawyer/Skyler Willard 6-2, 6-1.