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Southwest takes three of top four spots

May 12, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Sports Writer

The Southwest High boys tennis team members can hold their heads high after taking three of the top four spots in the IVL individual tournament at their home court in El Centro on Saturday.

"It was a good year for us," said Eagle coach Genaro Pineiro.

Eagle pair Randy Lyon and Greg Lyon took the doubles tournament by topping their teammates John Bonano and Timm Walter.

"It feels great. We're spectacularly confident," Greg Lyon said in explaining that he is optimistic about the CIF tournament that he qualified to compete in with his brother at his side.

"It's great that we had our two doubles teams in the finals," Bonano said.

He added he is looking forward to advancing in the postseason.

"We can't think that they're better than us," Bonano said of teams from around the CIF-San Diego Section.

Calexico High's Efrain Escalante won the singles title beating Southwest's Mike Palacio.


"I'm feeling good today," Escalante said between matches. "I'm playing good, too."

Escalante said he has competed in San Diego and will use that experience when he represents the IVL in playoff action.

"I think I can do better in CIF to represent Calexico High School," Escalante said.

Escalante, who has been working with his coaches on his game, said he would like to go into the playoffs with better focus.

"It feels great," Escalante said after winning the tournament. "Now that I have that title, I'm going for a CIF."

Calexico coach Lauro Paredes said he is pleased with Escalante's accomplishments this season.

"I'm real proud of him," Paredes said. "He's worked real hard this year."

Paredes, who commended the play of singles player Chris Cota, a senior, said he was glad his young team had leadership in Cota.

"It's a rebuilding year for us," Paredes said. "We're looking forward to winning next year. I'm very proud of the way they've developed."

Paredes said he was glad to see his team compete well and he added he is enthusiastic about the way his players play hard.

"They're getting to be very aggressive at the nets," Paredes said.

Pineiro said this has been a banner year for Southwest tennis.

"This year is one of our strongest teams. The boys enjoy competing against each other," he said, adding it was a fun experience to see the doubles final come down to two Eagle pairs.

"It was a real nice day for tennis out here," Pineiro said.

He said he is looking forward to the postseason and is expecting his players to make a dent in the CIF.

"Any time you get a school that can take first and second in doubles and second place in singles, it looks good when you go into San Diego and they can see how many good players come out of the Valley," Pineiro said.

In singles competition at IVLs, Calexico's Efrain Escalante took first place, followed by Southwest's Mike Palacio. The two didn't play their final as Palacio retired from the tourney prior to the match due to fatigue.

Central's Frank Esquer beat Calexico's Chris Cota 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 for third place.

Brothers Greg and Randy Lyon of Southwest won the doubles competition beating teammates John Bonano and Timm Walter 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Brawley's Nick Mendoza and Enrique Sanchez took third place in beating Vincent Memorial's Armando Garcia and Juan Lopez 8-6 in a pro set.

All eight qualifiers will compete in the CIF individual competition May 28 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Southwest, Brawley, Calexico and Vincent will all compete in CIF team competition at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Southwest will host Ramona and Brawley will play at Orange Glen in Escondido, Calexico will play at Point Loma in San Diego and Vincent will play Bishop's in La Jolla.

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