| By Michael Sarro

 

 

Division I
Benjamin N. Cardozo High School    11-1
Forest Hills    10-2
Francis Lewis  6-6
Bayside High School   3-9
Townsend Harris  0-12

Division II

Brooklyn Technical 10-0

Leon M. Goldstein High School for Science  8-2

Midwood   6-4

Abraham Lincoln High School  4-6

James Madison 2-8

Fort Hamilton  0-10

Division III

Beacon High School 10-0

Stuyvesant High School 8-4

Bronx High School of Science   5-6

High School of American Studies at Lehman College    3-9

Hunter College High School    2-9



Beacon High School Captures Fourth Consecutive PSAL Championship



When people use the word “Dynasty” in sports, they are usually referring to one team that exemplifies dominance over the course of a few years or seasons. The best way to show this dominance is by winning of course. The 2011 New York City Public Schools Boys Tennis High School League (PSAL) saw a fourth consecutive championship go to the Blue Demons of Beacon High School. Led by Coach Bayard Faithful, Beacon entered the season winning four out of the last five PSAL city titles with hopes of winning another. They succeeded in their goal with a 5-0 victory over Brooklyn Tech High School, coached by Scott Anderson.

Both teams entered the finals undefeated with 12-0 records, but experience proved to be the victor as Beacon was able to fend off a young, emerging powerhouse in Brooklyn Tech.

The match got off to a quick start for Beacon as the Freshmen number one doubles team of Win Smith & Lucas Pickering won their match, 6-0, 6-0, capping off an undefeated season. The number two doubles team of Sophomore Daniel Segan & Freshmen Richard Sec had the same luck in winning big with a score of 6-1, 6-0. This gave Beacon an early 2-0 lead with three singles matches left to play.

At number one singles, two of the top PSAL singles players in New York City squared off, as nationally-ranked Senior Quinton Vega of Beacon, who recently was named an All-American, faced off against another nationally-ranked player in Jake Sosonkin of Brooklyn Tech. In a hard fought first set, Vega narrowly edged out Sosonkin to win 6-4, using his huge forehand and aggressive net play to his advantage against Sosonkin’s big serve and finesse game. In the second set, Vega seemed determined to not let Sosonkin gain any momentum and won handily 6-1.

At this point, the team score was 3-0, already giving the title to Beacon, but there were two other matches still to be played. Christian Waldron from Beacon battled against Sami Chahi of Brooklyn Tech at number two singles and in a long, hard-fought match that Waldron won, 6-3, 6-2. At number three singles, Beacon’s Jeremyah Schur pulled through for a victory against Mikolaj Borak of Brooklyn Tech for the sweep and a 5-0 Beacon High School victory.

With dominating doubles teams returning for Beacon High School for a few more years, there is no telling when this dynasty might come to an end.

 

PSAL Boys B Team Bowl Final

►John F. Kennedy High School defeated Eleanor Roosevelt High, 4-1

 

PSAL Boys C Team Cup Final

►Newcomers High School defeated Aviation High School, 5-0



PSAL Boys Individuals Results and New York State Championship Team

On May 31, the PSAL Individual Tournament was played to crown the 2011 PSAL Boys Tennis Champion, but to also determine the PSAL All-City team to be represented in the State Championships, played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The finals pitted two teammates against each other with Stefan Ilic, the number one seed and a senior from Forest Hills High School, playing his teammate, Justin Vijungco, the number two seed who is also in his senior year). Despite the friendly rivalry, Ilic played more aggressive and dictated the match with his big forehand winning, 6-2, 6-2 and winning his first-ever title as PSAL Boys Singles Champion. Based on their performances, Stefan and Justin were chosen as two of the top three singles players to be invited to the State Championships. The third and final spot was given to senior Daniel Lakhman of Francis Lewis High School who won the third place match against Leir Oren from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 6-4, retired.

Joining the three top singles players were the three top doubles teams decided from the doubles tournament. The three teams included, Christopher Jou & Leon Pan from Stuyvesant High School at number one doubles, Sami Chahi & Mikolaj Borak from Brooklyn Tech High School at number two doubles, and the number three doubles team of Alexis Cai & Spencer Chan from the Bronx High School of Science.

Singles

►Stefan Ilic of Forest Hills High School, advanced to the quarterfinals, losing 6-4,6-3 to Matt Nardella of Christian Brothers Academy
►Justin Vijungco of Forest Hills High School advanced to the second round where he was eliminated by Alex Tsai of Binghamton, 6-1, 6-3
►Daniel Lakhman of Francis Lewis High School also advanced to the second round where he retired against Brendan Henry of Farmingdale High School, 6-1, 3-1.

 

Doubles

►Christopher Jou & Leon Pan from Stuyvesant High School advanced to the second round where they were defeated by Kyle Berman & Jordan Kaufman from Byram Hills, 6-0, 6-3.
►The team of Sami Chahi & Mikolaj Borak from Brooklyn Tech High School advanced to the second round and lost to the team of Jonathan Paris & Conor Mullins from Cold Spring Harbor, 6-1, 6-1.
►Alexis Cai & Spencer Chan from the Bronx High School of Science were eliminated from contention in the first round of action in a 7-5, 6-2 defeat to Neil Weaver & Nicholas Mancuso of Victor.



CHSAA 2011 Boys Varsity Tennis

Congratulations to the St. Francis Prep Boys Varsity Tennis team for capturing the 2011 CHSAA A League Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final standings (A League)

St. Francis defeated Fordham Prep in the A League Finals

1. St. Francis Prep

2. Archbishop Molloy

3. Fordham Prep.

4. Xavier

5. Xaverian

6. Iona Prep.

 

Final standings (B League)

St. John’s Prep defeated Stepinac in the B League Finals

1. Stepinac

2. Salesian
3. St. John's Prep

4. Holy Cross

5. Mt. St. Michael's

6. McClancy



New York City’s Junior Players Showcase Their Talents at 2011 Mayor’s Cup

Once a year, for about a week, New York City high school tennis players take part in the Mayor’s Cup tournament, ran by the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) and held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. First held in 1988, the Mayor’s Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Tournament is the premiere event for local public, private and Catholic high school tennis players. The event has grown to become the second largest event held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Mayor’s Cup has additionally earned the honors of being named the largest scholastic tennis event in the nation. With a total of 11 different events and more than 500 participants, the Mayor’s Cup provides the perfect opportunity for New York City’s junior tennis players to showcase their on-court talents on the courts where legends play.

The Mayor’s Cup consists of team and individual events. The team events are based on regular season statistics and are by invitation only. The team title is very prestigious as it pits the best teams from different leagues around the city and only eight can qualify. The winner is viewed as the champion of champions. This year, the title was won by Beacon High School, led by All-American standout Quinton Vega. Last year, Beacon lost to Cardozo High School in the semifinals, but they were without the All-American Vega due to a very important USTA Sectional Tournament that was important for his future college career. Needless to say, Vega had something to prove.

The number one seed Beacon defeated the number two seed Horace Mann, winners of the 2010 Mayor’s Cup, 3-2 in some pressure-filled matches. Led by Vega, who won 6-2, 6-3 over Horace Mann’s Steven Hefter, Beacon not only captured the PSAL Championship, but also the 2011 Mayor’s Cup Championship. It was a very successful season for the Beacon Blue Devils who have now won the last four consecutive PSAL Boys Championships and also for Vega who is bound for Wisconsin University.

In the Boys Varsity Singles event, a pattern began to take shape. While the individual player’s name was different, the team was not. The Boys Varsity Singles title was won by Christian Waldron, number two singles for the Beacon Blue Devils. Waldron was seeded 10th for the tournament and the junior was able to defeat the number three seed, David Arroyave of St. Francis Prep, 6-3, ,6-4 to win his first Mayor’s Cup boys singles trophy. In total, Beacon won the 2011 PSAL Championship, the Mayor’s Cup Team Championship, and the Mayor’s Cup Individual Championship.

In the Boys Varsity Doubles event, a legacy came to an end for St. Francis Prep. Kilby Featherston & Christopher Jimenez won the doubles title at the Mayor’s Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championships. Kilby is the last of four Featherston siblings to play tennis for the Terriers, but he ended his career on a high note as the pair won their second straight Mayor’s Cup Doubles title. Seeded number two, the team of Featherston & Jimenez defeated the number one seeds, Christopher Jou & Leon Pan from Stuyvesant High School, 7-6(3) 6-1. For St. Francis Prep Coach John Brennan, it may feel a little unorthodox to not have a Featherston on the team but it has been an amazing run with many championships.

The NYJTL All-Stars were also selected by a panel of experts from the NYJTL and the Mayor's Cup Committee. This prestigious group has been recognized for their accomplishments on the tennis court, sportsmanship and academic excellence. Each All-Star has been accepted into respected universities and some have been highly recruited to play on NCAA Division I Tennis Teams. Congratulations to the following:

►David Arroyave - St. Francis Prep (Senior)
At this year's Mayor's Cup, David Arroyave was seeded third and advanced to the finals where he lost to Christian Waldron. A NYJTL Tournament Team Member for many years, Arroyave leads his St. Francis Prep at the number one singles position. The senior will be staying local attending St. John's University in the fall.

►Kilby Featherston - St. Francis Prep (Senior) 
As a senior, Kilby Featherston reached the Mayor's Cup Boys' Varsity Doubles Title for the third straight year with partner Christopher Jimenez. The team was able to win the 2010 Mayor's Cup without losing a set. The duo defended their title in 2011 by defeating top seeds Christopher Jou & Leon Pan. Featherston will be attending UC California Berkeley in the fall.

►Stefan Ilic - Forest Hills High School (Senior)
Stefan Ilic has been a top USTA Eastern player and will be attending Stony Brook University where he plans to play on the Varsity Men's Tennis Team in the fall.

►Christopher Jimenez - St. Francis Prep (Senior)

Christopher Jimenez reached the Boys' Varsity Doubles Finals at the 2011 Mayor's Cup for the third consecutive year with teammate Kilby Featherston. Jimenez will be attending St. Francis University in the fall.

►Christopher Jou - Stuyvesant High School (Junior)

Christopher Jou is this year's Mayor's Cup Boys' Varsity doubles finalist, along with partner Leon Pan. Jou was honored by NYJTL at this year's Spring Kickoff as NYJTL's MVP in 2010.

►Daniel Lakhman - Francis Lewis High School (Senior)

Daniel Lackham represents the Francis Lewis Patriots as the team’s number one singles player. Seeded fifth in this year's Mayor's Cup, Lakham advanced all the way to the semifinals where he fell to the number 10 seed and eventual champion, Christian Waldron from the Beacon School. Lakhman will be attending Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

►Hugh Mo - Benjamin Cardozo High School (Junior)

Hugh Mo will be competing in the summer Super National Clay courts and the Super National Hard Courts in Kalamazoo, Mich., one of the most prestigious junior national tournaments in the country. The winner will receive automatic entry into the 2011 U.S. Open this September. Mo is also beginning to look into colleges, particularly the Ivy League schools and other top Division I tennis programs.

►Jake Sosonkin - Brooklyn Tech (Junior)

Jake Sosonkon hopes to qualify for the Super National Tournaments this summer. He is beginning to look into several colleges on the East Coast that specialize in pharmacy. Among his top choices is St. John's University, which holds a prestigious undergraduate and graduate pharmacy program. He is currently ranked number 27 in the USTA Boy's 18s Eastern Section.

►Christian Waldron - The Beacon School (Junior)

Christian Waldron is this year's Mayor's Cup Boy's Varsity champion, having defeated NYJTL Tournament Team member, David Arroyave in a close two-set match, ending 6-3, 6-4. Waldron plans to play national tournaments this summer and begin looking at top Division I programs for next year.

Steven Wilson - John F. Kennedy High School (Senior)

Senior Steven Wilson will be attending Wilkes University in Pennsylvania where he also plans to play for the Boys' Varsity Men's Tennis Team. This summer, Wilson will be both playing tournaments and teaching tennis at Fordham University’s summer camp.

►Quinton Vega - The Beacon School (Senior)

Quinton Vega represents The Beacon School as the #1 singles player. He led his team to Boys' Varsity Team victory over reigning champions, Horace Mann School. Vega is one of the top players in the country and a top college prospect. He has interest from Wisconsin University, Boise State, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and Wake Forest.

►Justin Vijungco - Forest Hills High School (Senior)

A Queens, N.Y. native, Justin Vijungco has had great success both on and off the tennis court. Vijungco went undefeated this year in PSAL competition, finishing with a perfect record of 16-0. He led Forest Hills High School to the semifinals at this year's Mayor's Cup Team competition and reached the doubles semifinals with partner Justin Selegean. Vijungco also has show a passion for classical music, being trained by professionals from the prestigious Julliard School of the Arts in New York City. Despite a promising future and passion for classical music, Vijungco decided to focus all his efforts into tennis. He will be attending SUNY Farmingdale in the fall where he will be competing on the Varsity Men's Tennis Team and plans to major in public service.


 

2011 Mayor's Cup participants gather for a photo

 

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins recognizes the achievements of the athletes during the 2011 Mayor's Cup event

 

Deborah MacFarlane Antoine, president and CEO of NYJTL, addresses attendees