Thacher takes on Cate today in quest to be CIF champions
By Mike Miller
The Thacher boys’ tennis team has earned a trip to the CIF finals for the second year in a row and they will face LaSalle of Pasadena this afternoon in the Division V title match. The Toads placed second in the Condor League behind powerhouse Cate with a league record of 4-2 and an overall record of 11-3.
Since losing to Cate in their Condor League finale, Thacher has caught fire in the play-offs. The Toads faced Don Bosco Tech in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division V play-offs and beat them 13-5. The Toads then disposed of San Dimas, 15-3, and Beaumont, 14-4, before facing Segerstrom in the semi-finals.
Thacher would eventually top Segerstrom by the score of 10-8. According to Thacher coach Peter Fagan, the Toads were led in the semifinals by McCoy Becker, who swept his singles matches. Also sweeping their matches were Thacher’s No. 2 doubles team of John Lehrkind and Sean O’Brien.
Both Thacher and LaSalle ended the regular season ranked in the top four in Division V. Thacher held the No. 2 ranking while LaSalle was fourth. LaSalle knocked off top-ranked Cate in the semifinals, 11-7. The finals are scheduled to be played today at 2:30 p.m. in Claremont at the Claremont Club.
See Friday’s OVN for final results of the Toads’ quest to be crowned CIF champions.