| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The 2013 boys high school season is set to begin Monday, March 11. Defending Long Island and Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor returns with a strong team, but will be without 2012 State Champion Josh Levine who has now graduated and is playing at Duke University. Cold Spring Harbor will be looking for their sixth consecutive Long Island Championship, but that won't be easy, as defending Suffolk County Champion Half Hollow Hills East returns with first singles player Zain Ali and has a strong team that will look to finally break through to capture the Long Island Championship this year.

Last season’s State Championship match was a battle of two Long Islanders, as Josh Levine defeated Andrew Yaraghi in the finals. Both players have since moved on to the college tennis ranks, but that does not mean the crop of high school players on Long Island Gunning for the state title this season isn't strong. Long Island Tennis Magazine is looking forward to bringing you coverage, promotion and publicity of the area’s high school matches throughout the 2013 season.

Players to watch …
Singles
Zain Ali • Junior • Half Hollow Hills East

With last year’s Suffolk County Champion Jeremy Dubin off to college, Zain is one of the favorites to win this year’s title. Ali lost in the second round of last year’s State Championship.

Ethan Bogard • Senor • Long Beach High School
Ethan and his teammate Matt Barry (who has since graduated), won the Nassau Doubles Title in 2012 and finished fourth in the State Championships. Back for senior year, Bogard will try to make it a memorable one.

Alex Sacher • Senior • North Shore High School
Alex teamed with Austin Davidow to finish second in the 2012 Nassau County Doubles event. Davidow graduated, but Sacher returns to lead North Shore for his senior season.

Vihar Shah • Senior • Herricks High School
Vihar finished third in Nassau County’s and fourth at the State Championship. With the 2012 Champions off to college, Shah is one of the favorites to have a big year at both the state and county levels.

Brandon Stone • Senior • Walt Whitman High School
Brandon was a quarterfinalist at last year’s State Championships. Along with Zain Ali, he is considered one of the favorites for this year’s Suffolk Championship. He will try to go out on top as a senior.

Doubles
Conor Mullins • Junior
Jonathan Paris • Junior
Cold Spring Harbor High School

Conor & Jonathan finished fourth in the Nassau County Doubles Championship and are back for their junior season.

Jeffrey Cherkin •Senior
Kyle Alper • Junior
Half Hollow Hills East

Won the 2012 Suffolk County Section XI individuals doubles championship. Cherkin & Alper defeated Westhampton's Cooper Lacetera & JD Sipala, 6-3, 7-5. The defending champions will be looking to repeat.

Cooper Lacetera • Junior
JD Sipala • Junior
Westhampton Beach

Runner-up at the Suffolk County Section XI Individuals Doubles Championship a year ago, the team of Cooper & JD will be looking to take the next step this season.

Key dates for the 2013 Boys High School Tennis Season
►Monday, March 11: Boys High School Season Begins

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12: Nassau County Individual Championships at Oceanside High School

►Wednesday, May 29: Long Island Championship Match (Nassau County Champion vs. Suffolk County Champion)

►Thursday-Saturday, May 30-June 1: New York State Individual Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center