For the 12th straight season, New York City high school tennis belongs to Beacon.
The Blue Demons captured a remarkable 12th straight New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL) “A” Division championship, defeating long-time rival and common foe, Bronx Science, 3-2 in the title match.
Marcos Lee put Beacon ahead early with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Paul Elghouayel at third singles. Soon after, Solomon Brown & Tyler Kats notched a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Michael Mullner & Ryan Friedman at second doubles to bring their team within just one flight of the championship.
The first doubles duo of Alexander Aney & Christian Bobko kept Bronx Science in it as they came back to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Donovan Brown & Noah Edelman.
But Beacon would clinch the win thanks to the second singles court. Sebastian Sec outdueled Rod Rofougaran 6-4, 6-3 to seal the deal, and secure the 12th consecutive City title for Beacon.
Bronx Science won the first singles court as the Wolverines’ Blake Frank and Beacon’s Joseph Wilkanowski were tied at one-set-all before Wilkanowski was forced to retire.
“The boys are proud of being part of a tradition with many great players,” said Bayard Faithfull, Beacon’s head coach. “Our captain, Marcos Lee, embodied the competitive spirit of the team. Our juniors, Donovan Brown, Noah Edelman and Joseph Wilkanowski stepped up and had big seasons. And our super sophomore, Sebastian Sec, continues to impress.”
Bronx Science won the first singles court, as the Wolverines’ Blake Frank and Beacon’s Joseph Wilkanowski were tied at one-set-all before Wilkanowski was forced to retire, bringing the overall team score to 3-2 in Beacon’s favor.
The Blue Demons’ success would continue just a week after as it won its eighth Mayor’s Cup team title in nine years.