Local Roundup: Coibion brothers win title
Brothers Nick and Thomas Coibion shocked Stockton’s Oak Park crowd on Wednesday by winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III doubles tennis championship.
Nick, a senior, and Thomas, a sophomore, defeated Mira Loma highly-touted team 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the final of four matches to deliver the Falcons their first section title in tennis. The Mira Loma duo was favored to win the section crown, according to Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Robinson.
“Being a senior and winning with my brother – what a way to end my high school tennis career,” Nick said.
The brothers defeated Riverbank 6-3, 6-0 in the first match of the day, and won 6-1, 7-6, 9-7 in the quarterfinals against Summerville. In the semifinal the Coibions were pushed to three sets in their 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 win against Highlands.
“It was something else,” Robinson said. “In the last two matches, when they got into those second sets, they had to deal with some of their own unforced errors.
“These were pretty darn good teams.”
Nick and Thomas were the No. 2 team from the Golden Empire League. The No. 1 team of David Blanchard and Sean Young, the Marysville players to whom the Coibions lost in the final of the GEL tournament, lost 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5 to Mira Loma in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round.
“I think Mira Loma was really expecting (to win),” Robinson said. “I think it was a surprise … we just outplayed them.”
Despite being brothers, it was only the second day they had played doubles together. During the regular season Nick was the No. 1 singles player for the Falcons and Thomas was No. 2.
“I was sitting there some of the time and my mouth was hanging open with some of those shots they were hitting,” Robinson said. “They couldn’t have done better today.”
Nevada Union’s J.V. baseball cruised to an 8-2 home win over River Valley on Wednesday.
The Miners (11-5) posted two runs in the first inning, one in the third and three in the fourth to put the game away early.
Steel Jantz put the first run on the board by batting in Justin Stewart on a triple. Jantz scored later in the first on a passed ball.
Jantz finished 2-for-2, Matt Morse was 2-for-3, and Will Havard was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Morse had a pair of RBIs.
Kyler Caldwell lasted the first 5 2/3 innings on the mound with three strikeouts, six hits, and a pair of walks and runs allowed.
Freshman Greg Heauser pitched the final four outs of the game, striking out three batters in the process.
The Miners close the season Friday at River Valley.
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