Sophomore Brandon Stone of Whitman 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.