Tej Laliwala Saucon’s First District Tennis Champion in 48 Years

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Tej Laliwala

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Pictured with Saucon tennis champ Tej Laliwala are the Saucon boys tennis coaches: head coach Joann Ochse, assistant coaches Michael Krentz and Roger Ochse. Saucon Valley Athletic Director Bob Frey (far left) was also on hand to enjoy Tej’s victory for Saucon Valley High School.

Saucon Valley’s Tej Laliwala helped make school history Thursday afternoon when he won the District 11 Singles Tournament at Lehigh University’s Indoor Tennis Center, beating Moravian Academy’s Robbie Shaff 6-1, 6-3, in what boys head tennis coach Joann Ochse said was “a very well-played match by both players.”

Lehigh Valley Live reported that the victory makes Laliwala Saucon Valley’s first district tennis champion in 48 years.

The title is just the latest to be won by Laliwala, who last week won a gold medal in the Colonial League first tennis singles championship. Saucon junior Michael Andres also won gold, with both boys defeating a Moravian Academy player to do so.

Up next for the Saucon boys tennis team is the District 11 Team Tournament, which is scheduled to start on Monday, April 29.

Laliwala will also advance to play District 7’s third-place finisher in the first round of the boys state tournament May 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

For Ochse the victory is extra special, as this is her final season coaching tennis, after 11 years as Saucon Valley’s head coach and a 38-year coaching career, the website also reported.

Tej Laliwala

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Pictured with Tej are his varsity teammates, from left to right: Greg Ackerman, Garrett VanHelmondt, Keegan Maykut, Tej Laliwala, Matthew Wagner, Michael Andres and Ofori Ohene. Up next for the talented team will be the District 11 Team Tournament, which is scheduled to start on Monday, April 29.

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