• 73°

Ogden wins tennis title

CARY — Michael Ogden’s lunch consisted of a half-pound cheeseburger with everything on it, and he deserved every morsel.
Ogden earned his hearty celebratory meal after a busy morning. The Salisbury junior dominated his way through the state 2A championship match to capture his second crown in three years Friday at the boys’ tennis championship at Cary Tennis Center.
With most of his teammates cheering him on after a grueling semifinal, Ogden rolled the championship match, beating Hendersonville’s Jacob Fuqua 6-1, 6-0
Fuqua was the reigning 1A champion, but Hendersonville moved up a classification this year.
“I felt like I was on top of my game,” Ogden said. “I was serving really well and not giving the other guy anything.”
Ogden also won state his freshman year, when he was the first SHS player to win a singles title since Eric Saunders in 1993.
“It’s a different feeling from when I first won it,” Ogden said. “It feels incredible.”
In the 9 a.m. semifinal, Ogden outlasted Carrboro’s Brian Freiburghouse 6-4, 7-5 after an hour and a half. Ogden played Freiburghouse in a USTA Tournament a few years back and never trailed on Friday.
“I knew the guy and he’s a good player,” Ogden said. “Both of us played well. I feel like my experience helped me pull it out. I mentally pulled it out at the end.”
The SHS doubles team of Clint Comadoll and Spencer Storey were defeated in the semifinals by Carrboro’s Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn 6-2, 6-0. Fritsch/Zinn beat the North Lenoir tandem of Evan Kramer/Will Hardy in the championship 6-2, 6-0. Comadoll and Storey were both all-state. Comadoll was also all-county in football and soccer.
The Hornets bowed out of the dual team playoffs Tuesday in a 5-1 loss at Brevard.
“I wish we could have pulled it out in the dual teams, but it was a great season,” Ogden said.
Salisbury finished the year 16-1, going unbeaten in the Central Carolina Conference again.
“In the finals Michael was phenomenal,” Salisbury coach Milton Griffith said. “He had kind of a stomach virus this morning so I think he was off for the semifinal. Then in the final he was just awesome.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs

Columns

Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers

Business

Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class

Sports

Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow

Nation/World

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

Nation/World

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

News

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time