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BOYS’ TENNIS: Burroughs junior secures Pacific League singles championship.

May 08, 2010|By Jeff Tully

PASADENA — Things were wide open in the Pacific League boys’ tennis semifinals and finals Wednesday at Pasadena High.

With the league’s two-time singles champion electing not to play this season, another top singles athlete academically ineludible, talented doubles players lost to graduation and last year’s doubles champions split up, it was a given that there would be a new set of champions this season.

Although a Glendale High doubles team advanced to the final for a second straight year, the duo lost to a squad from Arcadia to finish second, and a Hoover pair took third place.


In the singles final, it was a Burroughs player outlasting a teammate to capture the championship.

“It was a pretty wide open league this year.” Glendale Coach Bob Davidson. “For the first time in a long time there was really no clear-cut favorite in singles or doubles.”

The singles final was a bit anticlimactic. No. 1-seeded Robert Henry, a junior, was taking on Indians teammate Garrett Auproux, a freshman who was the No. 3 seed. With Henry leading, 3-0, Auproux retired and couldn’t continue the match after complaining about a sore back.

It was the third straight season a loocal has captured the singles title, as Burbank’s Arthur Karagezian won championships in 2008 and ’09. However, Karagezian didn’t compete for the Bulldogs this season, in what would have been his senior year, and chose to instead be home schooled.

Henry wasn’t happy about the way he won the league championship.

“I think it was just an excuse,” he said about Auproux’s departure. “He knew what the outcome would have been and he just didn’t want to keep playing.”

Auproux had expelled a great deal of energy winning his semifinal match against No. 2 seed Travis Tu of Arcadia. In a grueling contest that took nearly 2 1/2 hours, Auproux staved off two match points to defeat Tu, 4-6, 7-6, 14-12.

Henry easily breezed through his semifinal match, defeating Arcadia’s Albert Chen, the No. 4 seed, 6-1, 6-1.

Henry was able to win his semifinal in less than an hour and he sat around and waited to face the winner of the other semifinal.

“I would have liked to face Robert when I was fresh,” Auproux said. “But I’m going to CIF, so I’m happy with that.”

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