Shanks' bid for Class S crown ends in title match
Litchfield's Charlie Shanks slugs a return shot during the Class S tournament championship match on Thursday. John McKenna photos
A tremendous run through the Class S boys’ tennis tournament ended Thursday for Litchfield junior Charlie Shanks.
Shanks lost in the championship match, falling to Berkshire League rival Max Klomp of Housatonic, 6-3, 6-2, at Yale University in New Haven.
The match was a rematch of last week’s Berkshire League tournament final won by Klomp. A German exchange student, Klomp also defeated Shanks twice in the regular season.
Both will play in the State Open that begins Saturday at Yale, at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, and at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge.
Shanks’ journey to Thursday’s title match helped Litchfield clinch the Class S team title. The doubles team of Spencer Sivilla and Zach Kwalick pitched in by making it to the semifinals of the doubles tournament.
“In terms of leadership, Charlie set the tone for us,” Litchfield coach Dean Birdsall said. “He was our captain and made everything coalesce. The team looked up to him and followed his leadership."
Litchfield High School's Class S boys tennis tournament championship team. Kneeling from left are Noah Parilla, Noah Van Handel, Leo Gianfagna and Sam Richardson, and standing from left are Tim Donovan, Ryan Garden, Zach Kwalick, Charlie Shanks, Spencer Sivilla, Miles Chapman and coach Dean Birdsall.