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File photoRose Sharga and her teammate Liz Hozza made the quarterfinals of the doubles tourney. File photoRose Sharga and her teammate Liz Hozza made the quarterfinals of the doubles tourney.

Tennis, golf seasons officially end for Kids

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The Northampton tennis duo of Liz Hozza and Rose Sharga looked great early on before seeing their run in the District 11 Doubles Tournament come to an end on Tuesday afternoon.

Hozza was no stranger to deep runs in tournaments this year as she made it to the quarterfinals in the singles tournament before falling.

Hozza again made it to the quarters, this time with Sharga as the number-five seed, before meeting Parkland’s Jess Tseo and Erin Joo who were seeded fourth in the tourney.

The K-Kid duo fell 6-1, 6-3.

“It was a match much, much better than the score indicated,” said head coach Kim Davis

Hozza and Sharga knocked off Eastburg South’s Owusu-Afriye and Doolittle in the opening round 6-0, 6-0 and then took down Nunamaker and Lefebvre from Nazareth in similar fashion, 6-0, 6-1.

The girls finished the season as a team going 4-1.

“Both had a very successful tennis careers at NHS,” Davis said. “They are good friends as well as doubles partners and they accepted their loss with no regrets.

“They were just a pleasure to work with and will be missed by me and our tennis program.”

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Meanwhile in golf action, the Kids Nate Wheeler shot a seven-over 79 at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood on Monday afternoon, but it wasn’t good enough to move on from regionals to the state tournament.

Wheeler carded three birdies on the day, including back-to-back on holes two and three, and then one more on 15, but also had two double-bogeys to go along with six bogeys.

It was a great senior season for Wheeler despite missing the cut. He was the EPC boys champ and then moved on after the District 11 meet.

Morgan Lofland won the event with a five-under score of 67.

Advancing to states from District 11 were: Matt Zerfass (Emmaus, 5th, 71); Matt Vital (Liberty, 14th, 75) and Michelle Cox (Emmaus, 9th, 77) in AAA; along with Tyler Hager (Palmerton, 13th, 81) and Grace Sanborn (Moravian Acad., 5th, 83) in AA.