Lesko enjoying a successful summer

Lesko (center) is pictured with tennis coach Johnny Connors (left) and mentor Joe Vassen (right), celebrating his tournament victory this past weekend. (submitted photo)

This summer has turned out to be very prosperous for Monroe County tennis stand-out Michael Lesko of Columbia (senior, Gibault Catholic High School), according to his father and Hawks assistant coach Alan Lesko.

Fresh off of a sweet 16 finish at the multi-state USTA Outdoor Futures Boys 18’s Tennis Tournament in Columbia, Mo., last weekend and an earlier tourney win at the Webster Groves-St. Louis Boy’s 18’s Tournament just three weeks prior, Lesko added another tourney win to his summer tennis accomplishments.

The senior captured the USTA Belleville-Lancer Open Boys 18’s Tennis Tournament held this past weekend at Belleville East High School.  Using a strong attacking style, he overwhelmed Austin Mueller of Belleville in the final match on Sunday with a score of 6-1, 6-1.

The Lancer Open, held annually, attracts some of the best Metro-East high school tennis players, and this year was no different.

After a first round bye as the tournament’s No. 2 seed, he defeated Johnathan Coons of Edwardsville, 6-3, 6-4, on Friday.

Then in his semi-final match on Saturday, he ousted Jacob Hamilton of Belleville, 6-0, 6-7, 10-5(tiebreaker).  That set up the final against Mueller on Sunday, where Lesko captured the title.

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