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  Homewood-Flossmoor High girls varsity tennis team
  won the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional Championship
  Oct. 13. Four players advanced to state competition.
  Showing off their team trophy are, from left, Linda
  Gates, assistant coach, Carolyn Page, Miracle Huckabee,
  Maya Nash, Laila London, Lauren Legardy, Nora Ryan
  and coach Brendan Pontow.
(Provided photo)

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School girls tennis team won the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional Championship and will send four students to compete in the state championship tournament this weekend in Arlington Heights.

H-F was one of nine teams in competition at the Lincoln Way Central Sectional Championship on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. H-F had a total of 30 points from all rounds. It’s nearest competitor, Lincoln-Way Central, had 24 points.
Games were played outdoors and the wet weather conditions meant players could only play one match on Friday. Play resumed on Saturday for three matches, said H-F tennis coach Brendan Pontow.

H-F had the top two players in singles.  First seed Miracle Huckabee, a freshman, had a bye the first game and went on to defeat Thornwood and Lincoln-Way Central to advance to competition against teammate Lauren Legardy, a sophomore. 

Lauren’s first game was a bye. She defeated Lincoln-Way Central 6-0, 6-0 to advance to a hard-fought match against Lincoln-Way West. She pulled it out 7-5, 7-5 to move into competition for the singles championship. Miracle won the match 6-2, 6-2. 
“They lived up to their seeds,” Pontow said.
State tournament rules call for the top four players to advance from sectionals, so both Miracle and Lauren will compete at state.
On the doubles side, H-F had two teams entered. Maya Nash and Carolyn Page, both juniors, took second place in the sectionals tournament. Their first match was a bye, they defeated Bremen High, and beat Lincoln-Way East 7-5, 6-2 to move into the final round. Lincoln-Way Central overtook H-F 6-1, 6-4. Maya and Carolyn will represent H-F at state.
The second doubles team of Nora Ryan and Laila London, both seniors, lost in competition to Lincoln-Way East. Their first match was a bye, they won the second match against TF South High and were overtaken by Lincoln-Way East 6-1, 6-1. Pontow said it was “a close match.”
The teams are coached by Pontow and Linda Gates, assistant varsity coach.

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