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Hanner, Oechel vie for SJAA tennis title

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2001 10:00 pm

It will be a rematch of last year's final when Lodi High's Mitch Hanner and Lincoln High's Steven Oechel battle today for the San Joaquin Athletic Association's boys' singles tennis championship.

Hanner and Oechel each won three matches Thursday to set up the title match, set for 1:30 p.m. at the Marina Yacht and Tennis Club in Stockton.

Oechel defeated Hanner 6-1, 6-3 in last year's final.

Hanner, seeded second in the tournament, defeated Tokay High's Tom Woelfel 10-4 in the first round, edged Anthony Nguyen of Stagg High 10-8 in the second round, and tripped Matt Shin of Lincoln in the semifinals 7-6, 6-2.

Lodi's other singles player in the tourney, freshman Danny Miladinovich, opened Thursday with a 10-1 win over Franklin High's Robert Hang. He then defeated a Lodi resident Ryan Stormes of St. Mary's High 10-3 before losing 6-1, 6-1 to Oechel in the semis.

Besides Woelfel, Tokay also placed Cliff Sutherland in the tourney. Sutherland defeated Jonathan Rojas of Stagg 10-2 before losing 10-4 to Oechel.

In addition to the singles tourney, the doubles tournament will be contested today starting at 11:30 a.m.

Miladinovich and Chris Duke will team up for Lodi, as will Matt Decker and Bryce Hammons.

Representing Tokay are the teams of Sutherland and Woelfel, and Alan Ishihara and Amreesh Mahil.

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