2011 Boys High School Recap

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The 2011 high school boys season recap, final standings, and highlights can be found below.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Conference I

Nassau County Champion: Cold Spring Harbor

Playoffs
Second place vs. third place playoffs
(A) Syosset 7–Port Washington 0
(B) Herricks 5–Roslyn 2

Semifinals
Cold Spring Harbor 6–Herricks 1
Syosset 4–Hewlett 3

Finals
Cold Spring Harbor 6–Syosset 1




Final records
Conference I-A
Cold Spring Harbor.............................12-0
Syosset..................................................9-3
Port Washington .................................8-4
Great Neck North ................................7-5
Great Neck South ...............................4-8
Jericho ..................................................2-10
Plainview JFK ......................................0-12

Conference I-B
Hewlett ..............................................10-2
Roslyn..................................................9-3
Herricks ..............................................8-4
Long Beach ........................................6-5
Friends Academy ................................3-7
Wheatley..............................................2-7
Garden City..........................................1-9




Conference II
Champion: Manhasset

Playoffs
Second vs. third place playoffs
(A) Lynbrook 5-South Side 2
(B) Manhasset 4-East Meadow 3

Semifinals
North Shore 7-Lynbrook 0
Manhasset 5-Oceanside 2

Finals
Manhasset 4-North Shore 3

Final records
Conference II-A
North Shore ........................................9-1
Manhasset ..........................................9-1
East Meadow ......................................5-5
Bellmore JFK ......................................5-5
Clarke ..................................................2-8
New Hyde Park..................................0-10

Conference II-B
Oceanside..........................................10-0
Lynbrook..............................................7-3
South Side ..........................................6-4
Wantagh ..............................................3-7
Farmingdale ........................................3-7
Mepham ..............................................1-9



Conference III
Conference III Champion: Massapequa


Playoffs
Semifinals
Massapequa 5-Locust Valley 1
Hicksville 4-Calhoun 3

Finals
Massapequa 5-Hicksville 2

Final records
Massapequa ......................................14-0
Calhoun ............................................11-3
Hicksville..............................................9-5
Locust Valley........................................8-6
Valley Stream South ............................7-7
Carle Place ..........................................5-9
Lawrence ..........................................2-12
Baldwin..............................................0-14




Conference IV
Conference IV-A Champion: Valley Stream Central
Conference IV-B Champion: Oyster Bay


IV-A Playoffs
Semifinals
Valley Stream Central 5-Plainedge 2
Bethpage 4-Sewanhaka/Carey 3

Finals
Valley Stream Central 7-Bethpage 0

IV-B Playoffs
Semifinals
Levittown Division 4-Glen Cove 3
Oyster Bay 5-West Hempstead 2

Finals
Oyster Bay 7-Levittown Division 0

Conference IV-A
Valley Stream Central ........................12-0
Bethpage ............................................8-4
Sewanhaka/Carey................................7-4
Plainedge ............................................6-5
MacArthur............................................5-6
Valley Stream North ............................2-7
Freeport ............................................0-12

Conference IV-B
Oyster Bay ........................................13-0
Glen Cove..........................................12-2
Levittown Division..............................10-4
West Hempstead ................................7-7
Uniondale ............................................5-8
Malverne/East Rockaway ....................5-7
Hempstead ........................................3-11
Roosevelt ............................................0-1



 

 2011 Suffolk County Boys High School Team & Individual Results

League I
Half Hollow Hills East ........................16-0
Walt Whitman.................................... 12-3
Harborfields ......................................10-5
Commack ............................................7-5
Elwood/J. Glenn ................................3-11
Half Hollow Hills West........................2-12

League II
Northport ..........................................11-2
Smithtown West ..................................8-4
Smithtown East ..................................6-5
Huntington ..........................................4-8
Kings Park ........................................3-10
Hauppauge ........................................2-10

League III
Bay Shore ..........................................13-2
Sayville ..............................................12-4
East Islip ..............................................7-7
Connetquot........................................5-10
West Islip ..........................................5-10
Islip ....................................................0-12

League IV
Brentwood ........................................13-4
Central Islip........................................12-2
West Babylon ......................................7-5
North Babylon .................................. 6-10
Babylon................................................5-7
Deer Park ............................................3-9
Lindenhurst........................................0-14

League V
Patchogue-Medford ..........................14-2
Bayport-Blue Point ............................12-5
Ward Melville ....................................11-4
Sachem East ......................................7-8
Miller Place ........................................3-10
Stony Brook ......................................2-12

League VI
Mt. Sinai ............................................11-2
Comsewogue ......................................8-4
Port Jefferson ......................................6-7
Sachem North......................................3-7
Bellport ................................................3-7
Middle Country ..................................0-10

League VII
Ross ..................................................13-1
Westhampton ....................................12-3
Eastport/S. Manor ..............................8-7
Longwood..........................................6-10
Southampton ......................................4-9
Shoreham WR .................................. 6-10
E Hampton/BH/Pier ..........................3-11

League VIII
Mattituck............................................12-0
Rocky Point ........................................8-4
William Floyd ...................................... 8-9
Center Moriches ..................................6-6
Southold/Greenpoint ..........................5-7
Riverhead ............................................3-9
Hampton Bays ..................................0-12



 

Cold Spring Harbor Holds Off Half Hollow Hills East for Fourth Consecutive L.I. Championship
By David Drucker

With a bit of controversy regarding the lineups, the 2011 Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championship came down to the first doubles match with the score tied at three matches apiece. After Cold Spring Harbor swept singles play, Half Hollow Hills East answered with three straight doubles victories. The match would be decided by either the team of Jensen Reiter & Alex Tropiano of Cold Spring Harbor or Zain Ali & Eric Bertuglia of Half Hollow Hills East. Before this moment had even arrived, Cold Spring Harbor jumped out to a quick three to zero advantage. Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor made quick work of Kyle Alper of Hills East, 6-0, 6-3. Conor Dauer also from Cold Spring Harbor followed at third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hills East’s Eric Teplitz. Eric Ambrosio was last to close out his singles match, defeating Brett Teplitz of Hills East, 6-3, 6-1. 

Meanwhile on the opposite side of the fence, Hills East got themselves on the board thanks to a win at third doubles from Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp, who defeated Cold Spring Harbor’s Rich Pisano & Tim Schneir, 6-0, 6-3. Second doubles Chris Hunter & Sam Goldberg of Hills East earned the team’s second point after defeating Cold Spring Harbor’s Conor Mullins & Jon Paris, 6-3, 6-3. Just a few minutes later, Alex Schnapp & Jeff Cherkin of Hills East clinched their fourth doubles match, defeating Alex Fontini & Bret Titcomb of Cold Spring Harbor, 6-3, 6-4. The match was leveled at three matches apiece with all eyes now on the first doubles match. 

After winning the first set, Cold Spring Harbor found themselves down in the second set 3-2. However, with exquisite touch from Cold Spring Harbor’s Alex Tropiano at the net, Tropiano, along with Jensen Reiter, came right back and went on to break serve giving them a 4-3 edge. Reiter & Tropiano came out firing in the next game as they were able to hold quickly, extending their lead to 5-3 needing one more game for the championship. Two shaky service points from the team of Ali & Bertuglia put them in a 0-30 hole. Hills East’s Eric Bertuglia then came up with some spectacular placed serves to even the game. At 30-30, Hills East had the opportunity to close the point at net but Zain Ali let the ball go making it too much of a run for Bertuglia to get to. On match point, Bertuglia succumbed to the heat of the moment as he double faulted to give Reiter & Tropiano along with Cold Spring Harbor their fourth consecutive title.

“Alex [Tropiano] and I were undefeated all four years as a team,” said Reiter. “We always wanted to be the deciding match in the championship and we were given that opportunity today and we came through.”

The team of Reiter & Tropiano now split up as they head off to college where they’ll be attending Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University, respectively. 

“It really hasn’t hit me yet, but it will,” said Tropiano. “We’re savoring the moment right now.” First singles and Nassau County 2011 Singles Champion Josh Levine was asked how he thinks next year will play out for Cold Spring Harbor. “Winning five in a row will be tougher next year with the loss of our important seniors. However, I still think that if we push each other, we can continue the streak.”

Match results
Singles
1. Josh Levine (CSH) defeated Kyle Alper (HE), 6-0, 6-3
2. Eric Ambrosio (CSH) defeated Brett Teplitz (HE), 6-3, 6-1
3. Conor Dauer (CSH) defeated Eric Teplitz (HE), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

1. Alex Tropiano & Jensen Reiter (CSH) defeated Zain Ali & Eric
Bertuglia (HE), 6-4, 6-3
2. Chris Hunter & Sam Goldberg (HE) defeated Conor Mullins &
Jon Paris (CSH), 6-3, 6-3
3. Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp (HE) defeated Rich Pisano &
Tim Schneir (CSH), 6-0, 6-3
4. Alex Schnapp & Jeff Churkin (HE) defeated Alex Fontini & Bret
Titcomb (CSH), 6-3, 6-4
David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men’s Tennis team.




Cold Spring Harbor’s Levine Defeats Farmingdale’s Henry for 2011 Nassau County Tennis Championship
The Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Championship Finals took place at Oceanside High School on May 21. The best high school boys tennis players from across Nassau County faced off in the individual championships, in hopes of capturing the County title and qualifying for the state championships in June.

On the singles side of the draw, fourth-seeded Brendan Henry from Farmingdale upset top-seeded Zachary
Morris of Garden City, in the semifinals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Henry’s heavy hitting earned him decisive points in the first and third sets, leading him to victory. Morris was able to counterpunch his way back into a third set, however Henry reeled off four straight games, setting him on his way to the finals. Second-seeded Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor quickly made his way to the finals when his opponent, Vihar Shah of Herricks, retired in the second set.

It came down to an epic singles final battle between Josh Levine and Brendan Henry. At first, it looked as if Henry was on his way to a routine straight set victory; however, Levine combated the extreme shots of Henry, and was able to catch his opponent off guard late in the second set. After breaking Henry’s serve late in the second set, Levine continued to frustrate his opponent, giving himself the needed momentum to capture the singles title in a three set victory over Henry, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

 “I was confident coming into the match because I knew Brandon’s game really well, but his shot making was unreal for a set and a half,” said Levine. Levine will now head to the state championships in early June and said, “I’m confident going into states only because I’ve been there before plus I’m seeing the ball really well, so it should be fun.”

On the doubles side of the tournament, J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett, faced off against Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis of Great Neck North. Tauil & Grinshteyn dominated the points throughout the finals, with overpowering serves that led to easy winners against the Great Neck North team.

“We knew coming in that we should go all the way no matter what,” said Tauil. “Going to the states is going to be fun. We’re definitely going to remain confident and hopefully be able to put Nassau County and Hewlett back on the map.” The duo of Tauil & Grinshteyn will be heading to states for their first time in June.

There were also consolation matches for the runners-up in the semifinals for both the singles and doubles. On the singles side, Zachary Morris of Garden City defeated Vihar Shah of Herricks, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. On the doubles side, Jon Paris & Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor defeated first-seed Kevin Katz & Stephen Peng of Syosset, 7-5, 6-4.




Unseeded Champion Crowned at Suffolk County Tennis Individual Championships
Sophomore Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman High School surprised the local tennis community with a remarkable run to earn the Suffolk County Boys High School Individual Championship. Stone capped his championship run with a hard fought three set victory over top seeded Jeremy Dubin of Southampton, 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-5. Dubin had five match points in the second set, however while fighting off leg cramps, he was unable to put Stone away and Stone rallied for the win.

In the consolation match, freshman Zain Ali of Hills East, defeated Rich Sipala of Ross in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-1. Stone, Dubin and Ali will advance to the State Championships to be held June 2-4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

In Doubles, the number one-seeded team fell as well. Felipe Reis & Henry Lee of Ross, won the doubles title by defeating top seeds, Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia of Hills East, in three sets, 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. Rallying from a forgettable first set, Reis & Lee won a second set tie-breaker, and used that momentum along with new-found confidence to pull out the third set and claim the title.

Joining Reis & Lee and Hunter & Bertuglia at the State Championships, will be Sachem East’s Jason Quintana & Dylan Quintana, who won the consolation match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, over Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp of Hills East.



SCJTL Caps Off Successful 2011 Boys Tennis Season
The Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) sponsored the 2011 Suffolk County Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner on May 31 at Villa Lombardi Restaurant in Holbrook, N.Y. Approximately 300 attendees enjoyed the culminating event of a phenomenal season, as 250 honors were given out, along with sportsmanship scholarships and an exciting raffle. Awards presented included Individual Awards for All-League, All-Division and All-County Players of the Year; Team Awards for the County Champion, Division Champs, Coach of the Year, Big Four County Champions, League Champs, and Section 11 State Awards.

The event ran smoothly and Joe Arias and his staff deserve recognition for a job well done. A great time was had by all as the kids, parents and coaches who made the 2011 season so successful, were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.

 

 

 



Levine Wins New York State Individual Championship
By David Drucker
A big congratulations is in order to Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor for what he accomplished winning the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament. Levine, along with the rest of his Nassau County and Suffolk County teammates representing Long Island, traveled to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to do battle. Levine, who was seeded second in the singles draw, was on pace to square off with number one seed Jeremy Court of New Rochelle, N.Y., whom Levine had fallen to in defeat just
last year at the state tournament.

After Levine took his opening match in straight sets, he went on to take his next three matches in straight sets as well, earning him a spot in the finals. New Rochelle’s Court would match Levine’s quality play, not dropping a set on his way to the finals as well. Court took out Nassau representative Zachary Morris of Garden
City, 6-2, 6-0, in the semifinals, sending a message to the junior from Cold Spring Harbor.

As the match got underway, it was clear who the aggressor was. Levine went for shot after shot, painting lines and racking up the winners. From last year until this year, you could see the difference in Levine’s game, as he stood with confidence on the court, controlling the baseline point after point. Strong serving kept the pressure off his shoulders and put them on the top seed from New Rochelle, who simply could not match Levine’s shot-making ability. Levine went on to defeat Court 6-4, 6-2, avenging last year’s loss and capturing his first ever state championship.

This season might be what you call the perfect season for Levine, as he along, with his team from Cold Spring Harbor, went undefeated. Levine also won the Nassau County tournament in late May. Then, he and his teammates went on to capture the Nassau County team championship, as well as the Long Island Championship for a fourth consecutive year. To top it all off, Levine brought home the New York State Title this past Saturday, capping off his flawless season. One can only imagine if Levine can be a repeat champion next season as he heads into his senior year at Cold Spring Harbor, but for now, Levine will enjoy his success, letting all his accomplishments of this season sink in.