Clovis News: Sports

Kingsburg wins boys D-IV tennis title

Kingsburg High held off Central Sequoia League rival Immanuel for a 5-4 victory Tuesday and its third straight Central Section Division IV boys tennis championship.

It came down to No. 2 doubles, where Luke Gramza and Isaac Raven rallied from down 5-4 in the second set to prevail 6-1, 7-5 over Chris Bridges and Nick MacNeill.

The top-seeded Vikings, who tied No. 2 Immanuel at 9-1 for the CSL title, finished 14-1 overall in winning their fourth Valley championship in five years -- with only one senior on the team.

"It's a Celtics-Lakers thing around here. Real intense," said Vikings coach Tom Gramza, whose team has beaten Immanuel three times for the championship. "This year was our hardest time winning it. The team had to dig deep."

Immanuel's Kyle Jackson beat Luke Gramza 6-0, 6-2, but the Vikings won four of the six singles matches.

A day of upsets

In two other section finals, the top seeds weren't as fortunate as Kingsburg.

No. 2 East Bakersfield shocked No. 1 El Diamante 7-2 for the D-II title.

And in D-III, No. 2 Hanford West held on to edge top-seeded Clovis North 5-4 for the D-III championship.