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McNaughtonFor the first time in history, two students – Adam Bahney and Galen McNaughton – are sharing Lebanon Sports Buzz’s Athlete of the Week honor.

And for good reason. That’s because Bahney and McNaughton made a little history of their own.

Recently at Hershey’s Racquet Club, the Elco seniors captured a rare state championship by besting Holy Ghost Prep’s Mark Pabalan and Brandon Fritze 6-3, 6-1 in the PIAA Class AA championship final.  Never trailing at any point in the championship match, Bahney and McNaughton broke Pablan-Fritze’s serve in the eighth game of the first set, then used three more service breaks in the second set to claim the title going away.

Earlier in the day, Bahney and McNaughton had posted a hard-earned 7-6, 6-3 semifinal triumph over sophomores John Yurconic and Mason Groff, of Salisbury. In that match, the Raiders rallied twice from seemingly insurmountable deficits to reach the championship test.

Credit-UnionThe state championship capped a spectacular undefeated postseason run by Bahney and McNaughton. The Elco duo had also claimed the District Three Class AA doubles championship, as well as the Lancaster-Lebanon League title.

McNaughton and Bahney closed out their careers with an impressive 52-4 record as doubles’ partners.

 – Jeff Falk

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