Sports Briefs

TENNIS: Kopala to face Ujkic in semis Andrzej Kopala is one match away from playing in the men’s singles final of the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament, but what a match it is, and what an opponent.

Kopala will have to get past Chris Ujkic, winner of the past four titles, in order to play on Saturday when the finals of the 33-year tournament that is sponsored by Times/Review Newsgroup will be played at Tasker Park in Peconic.

In order to put himself in that position, Kopala ousted Garret Malave, 6-3, 7-5, in a quarterfinal. The other semifinal will pit Steve Paskiewicz against Matt Brisotti or Paul Hawkins. Brisotti reached the final the past two years.

In other matches:

Erica Bundrick and Kate Freudenberg both cruised into the women’s semifinals with straight-set wins in the quarterfinals. Bundrick, the defending champion, beat Mary Beth Corazzini, 6-0, 6-0, while Freudenberg downed Elizabeth Silano by the same scores. The semifinal opponents for Bundrick and Freudenberg were not known prior to the deadline.

In a men’s doubles semifinal, Kieran Corcoran and Ujkic were 6-4, 6-2 winners over Richard Chizever and Ed Yakabowski.

Ujkic will play in three finals. The former Mattituck High School star and his mixed doubles partner, Liz Laurie, advance to the final in that division by virtue of their 6-0, 6-0 semifinal defeat of Malave and Bundrick.

The men’s 50-plus doubles team of Joe Gregory and Rick Suter went to three sets in their semifinal. They prevailed, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, over Tom Cahill and Leo Sternlicht, who were champions in four of the previous five years. Gregory and Suter will face the winner of a Rich Chizever and Bob Lum semifinal against Troy Gustavson and Joe Townsend.

The schedule for Saturday’s finals at Tasker Park is as follows: men’s and women’s singles will play at 8 a.m., men’s doubles and men’s 50-plus singles will play at 10 a.m., mixed doubles will play at noon, and men’s 50-plus doubles will play at 2 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Preseason honor for Maysonet Miguel Maysonet, a Stony Brook University junior running back from Riverhead, was named to the preseason All-Big South first team by Phil Steele’s College Football Review, it was announced last Wednesday. Maysonet, a transfer from Hofstra, was outstanding in his first season at Stony Brook, running for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns. Among the top 25 rushers in the Football Championship Subdivision, Maysonet was 19th in rushing despite the fewest carries. In five non-conference games, Maysonet averaged 85.4 yards, compared to 116.8 during conference play. In a three-game stretch, Maysonet rushed for 193, 158 and 130 yards, respectively, leading Stony Brook to a share of the Big South title for a second straight season.

GOLF: Sanders 33rd in championship Sean Sanders of Wading River finished in a tie for 33rd place in the Metropolitan Junior PGA Championship last week at the Baiting Hollow Club. Sanders, in the competition for boys ages 13 through 18, shot a 77 and an 83 for a 20-over-par 160 in the two-round event. Jay Card of Shelter Island (10-over-par 80) and Rob Bray of Shoreham (85) did not make the cut for the second day. Over 130 players battled a mix of heat, wind and rain to fight for the chance to compete for the championship.

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL: Zilnicki hits for cycle Jackie Zilnicki hit for the cycle in four at-bats and drove in five runs on 4-for-5 hitting for Aerial Fitness in its 16-8 defeat of Allstate in the North Fork Women’s Softball League last Thursday night at the Polo Grounds in Greenport. Aerial Fitness also received more offensive punch from Olga Turner (4 for 4, four runs batted in), Jane van den Thoorn (4 for 5, three RBI) and Cathy Daniels (3 for 4, two RBI, triple).