| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


Heading into his junior season at St. Anthony’s, Jeffrey Rosario had a goal in mind.

As the defending singles champion of the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA), Rosario wanted to become the first person in his school’s history to defend their title.

“It’s something I really wanted to do, and was one of the goals my coach and I set at the beginning of the season,” said Rosario. “Nobody from my school had ever done it, and it was something that meant a lot.”

Rosario would accomplish that goal, winning League Player of the Year and capturing its singles title by defeating his St. Anthony’s teammate Joseph Licata 10-3 in the championship.

“It’s been a long two years, and this was the perfect way to end this season,” Rosario added.

The junior compiled a 10-1 at first singles during the regular season as he helped guide his St. Anthony’s Friars to a 7-4 overall record. He would win all of his matches in the individual tournament to claim the singles championship.

Not only has Rosario been successful on court, bit he has also embraced the high school tennis experience, and everything that goes along with it.

“It’s one-of-a-kind,” he said.  “You only get one time in your life to be able to do it, and I love it. Being part of the team and representing your school is an honor. I love being a part of the team, and our coach really brought us all together and made this season super fun.”

The goal now for Rosario is to continue improving his game and compete in tournaments, getting himself ready to make a push for a third straight CHSAA singles title.

“I’d love to win it a third time, a big goal though is to win the team title,” he said. “We haven’t done that yet, and I really want to do my part to help us win the team tournament next year.”

St. Anthony’s head coach Curtis McCalla added:

“Jeffrey has a winning mentality, and he’s the type of player who wants to do the work. Before last season, he reached out to me during the summer and organized team practices. He’s just a winner and a leader. The thing that stands out to me most is his work ethic, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get better and achieve his goals.”