Tonawanda News — After completing perfect seasons in singles competition for the North Tonawanda tennis team, Andrew and John-Michael LeMar joined forces on Friday in search of their third straight Niagara Frontier doubles championship.
The LeMars dominated the field, dropping only four games in three matches to cruise to victory. John-Michael and Andrew faced Niagara-Wheatfield's Austin Hayes and Joe Lebold, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, in the finals, winning 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the tournament title.
NT coach and the LeMar brothers' father John LeMar liked that the boys elevated their level of play as the day progressed, all the way to the finals.
"The best match they played was in the finals," he said. "They were getting a feel for things and I was very happy as the day progressed."
LeMar said the boys lucked out because Nia.-Wheatfield and Grand Island had a three-set battle in the semifinals.
"(John-Michael) and Andrew played real well," John LeMar said. "There were a lot of good teams there. … It worked out for us. Niagara-Wheatfield was running on empty. Not only were they real tired, on our end John and Andrew played the best they did all day in the final match."
Last season the LeMar's played well in sectionals, but missed out on the state tournament by one set. This year both boys know what to expect and are doing everything they can to prepare.
ECIC traditionally sends strong teams to sectionals, and John LeMar expects more of the same this season. He said the LeMars know a lot of the boys that will be competing and will begin training today with a work out.
"We really are going pretty hard this week," LeMar said. "We scrimmaged against one of the private schools (Thursday) and now (John-Michael and Andrew) will work out (today) and Monday with another one of their coaches. Sunday we play matches. Between now and Tuesday they'll be working quite a bit."