| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The 2012 Nassau County Boys High School Tennis season is closing in. The defending Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor returns with a strong roster despite losing a few top players to graduation. The reigning Suffolk County Champion, Half Hollow Hills East, will be a force this season in looking to repeat as Suffolk County Champions. Cold Spring Harbor defeated Half Hollow Hills East in last year’s Long Island Championship and CSH will be looking to win their fifth consecutive Long Island Championship in 2012. Here is a quick look at the conference alignments and key dates for the 2012 Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Season. The regular season begins Monday, April 2.

Significant dates
►Nassau County Singles and Doubles Tournament: Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Oceanside High School, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Rain dates, if necessary, will be May 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

►The 2012 Nassau County High School Boys Tennis Conference Playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, May 14 depending on whether or not regular season games must be made up due to rain. Weather permitting, the playoffs will be that week, and if necessary, continue into the following week.

►The 2012 Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championship is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at a Suffolk County site to be determined.

►The 2012 New York State High School Boys Tennis Championship will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Players to watch: 2012
Nassau County and Suffolk County will have many top high school boys tennis players returning in 2012. Some of the players to keep an eye out for include:

Zain Ali ♦ Sophomore
Half Hollow Hills East High School

Zain Ali has been playing singles for Half Hollow Hills East since the eighth grade, but this year as a sophomore, he will look to make waves in the County and State Tournaments.

Jeremy Dubin ♦ Senior
Southampton High School

Jeremy Dubin returns for his senior season with Southampton High School and will look for the Suffolk County Singles Championship that eluded him as a junior. He was runner-up in Suffolk County and a quarterfinalist at the 2011 New York State Championship.

Daniel Grinshteyn ♦ Senior
Hewlett High School

Daniel Grinshteyn, along with his doubles partner, JJ Tauil, won the consolation bracket at States last season. This year, minus his graduated doubles partner, Dan will look to enjoy a strong senior season.

Brendan Henry ♦ Senior
Farmingdale High School

Another player who returns looking for a big senior season, Brendan Henry was the 2011 Nassau County Boys Singles runner-up and a quarterfinalist for the 2011 New York State Championship as a junior.

Josh Levine ♦ Senior
Cold Spring Harbor

The reigning Nassau County and State Singles Champion, Josh Levine returns for his senior season with Cold Spring Harbor. He went 27-0 last season, leading CSH to its fourth straight Long Island Championship. After finishing his senior season, Josh will head to Duke next fall to play for the Blue Devils.

Connor Mullins ♦ Sophomore
Cold Spring Harbor

Last season as a freshman, Connor Mullins played doubles with Jon Paris as the two enjoyed a very successful freshman season. This season, Mullins will make the jump to singles for Cold Spring Harbor and look to help CSH to its fifth straight Long Island Championship.

Felipe Reis ♦ Senior
Ross School

Felipe Reis, along with his doubles partner Henry Lee, were winners of the 2011 Suffolk County Doubles Championship. This year, Felipe returns for his senior season, while his partner Lee has graduated. Reis will look to finish out his high school career on a high note.

Brandon Stone ♦ Junior
Walt Whitman High School

Suffolk County's reigning singles champion, Brandon Stone returns for his junior season looking to repeat.

Nassau County Boys Varsity Alignment 2012
Conference I-A
1. Cold Spring Harbor
2. Port Washington
3. Jericho
4. Syosset
5. Great Neck South
6. Great Neck North
7. BYE
8. North Shore

Conference I-B
1. Roslyn
2. Hewlett
3. BYE
4. Friends Academy
5. Long Beach
6. Manhasset
7. Plainview JFK
8. Herricks
►Three teams from each conference make the playoffs.
►Schools should schedule non-league crossover matches with the other conference on bye or off days.
►Crossover matches do not count for conference standings.

Conference II-A
1. Calhoun
2. Bellmore JFK
3. BYE
4. Clarke
5. East Meadow
6. Garden City
7. Wheatley
8. BYE

Conference II-B
1. Oceanside
2. Wantagh
3. Massapequa
4. BYE
5. Lynbrook
6. South Side
7. BYE
8. Farmingdale
►Three teams from each conference make the playoffs.
►Schools should schedule non-league crossover matches with the other conference on bye or off days.
►Crossover matches do not count for conference standings.

Conference III
1. Carle Place
2. Hicksville
3. Locust Valley
4. Valley Stream South
5. Mepham
6. Valley Stream Central
7. Oyster Bay
8. New Hyde Park

Conference IV-A
1. Bethpage
2. Lawrence
3. Valley Stream North
4. MacArthur
5. Glen Cove
6. Baldwin
7. Sewanhaka/Carey
8. Plainedge

Conference IV-B
1. Freeport
2. Roosevelt
3. Malverne/East Rockaway
4. Uniondale
5. West Hempstead
6. Levittown Division
7. Hempstead
8. BYE

Suffolk County Boys Varsity Alignment 2012
League I
Half Hollow Hills East
Half Hollow Hills West
Smithtown East

League II
Walt Whitman
Smithtown West
Kings Park
Elwood/J. Glenn

League III
West Islip
East Islip
Bay Shore

League IV
West Babylon
North Babylon
Deer Park
Central Islip

League V
Ward Melville
Bayport-Blue Point
Mt Sinai
Stony Brook

League VI
Miller Place
Port Jefferson
Sachem East
Middle Country
Sachem North

League VII
William Floyd
East Hampton

League VIII
Eastport/South Manor
Shoreham Wading River
Rocky Point
Hampton Bays
Center Moriches