Loyalsock girls win district title

The Loyalsock girls tennis team won the District 4 Class AA team championship for the second consecutive season and the fifth time in six years on Tuesday afternoon at Bloomsburg University.

The Lancers (17-2) reached the finals after defeating Bloomsburg for the second time this season. The Panthers finished the year with just two losses.

Loyalsock, which played without a No. 2 doubles team all year and had to forfeit a point in every match, swept the singles against No. 2 seed Bloomsburg.

“You have to give the girls a lot of credit because they didn’t sulk when we had to forfeit a point all year,” Loyalsock coach Rick Zimmerman said. “The girls used it as motivation all year and went out and got the points we needed.”

Pam Niditch, Kim Levy and freshman Sarah Malone all won in straight sets against Bloomsburg. The trio were even more dominant in the finals against rival Hughesville. The Lancers defeated the Spartans, 3-1.

Niditch (19-0) didn’t drop a game in her straight-set victory and Levy (18-1) opened her match with a 6-0 first set before dropping two games in the second. Malone won her match, 6-3, 6-1.

The Lancers will play Moravian Academy in the first round of the PIAA Class AA tournament at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the West Branch Tennis Club. Loyalsock lost to Moravian Academy last season in the PIAA semifinals. Moravian Academy is the District 11 champion. Hughesville will also play Tuesday against the District 3 champion at a site and time to be determined.

For results of the Loyalsock matches see the local roundup on B-5.