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Nathan Melnyk, a 16-year-old junior at Harborfields High School, became what is believed to be New York’s first wheelchair athlete to compete against able-bodied students in a varsity high school tennis match Tuesday when he took to the court in a doubles match at Smithtown East.
Duane and Dylan Davis, twins from Dix Hills, are the most successful high school tennis doubles partners in Suffolk County. They are more alter ego than mirror images. Duane is fire; Dylan is ice. They sizzle on the court with cool efficiency. There is one more element that has factored into the Half Hollow Hills West High School pair's success.
Sophomore Yuval Solomon of Plainview JFK, the third seed in this weekend's state tournament at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, put up a tough effort in falling to defending state champion Matt Gamble of Webster Schroeder, 6-3, 6-1, in the boys final.
They carried that energy into the semifinals against James and Jeremy Wei of Chappaqua Horace Greeley, winning, 6-0, 6-4. Mullins and Hannity trailed 4-1 in the second set before taking the next five games to close out the match.
Mollo and Nomberg's 6-0, 6-1 win clinched a 5-2 victory and the Suffolk County title for host Hills West (15-1) Tuesday. Hills East had won the previous five championships and nine of the last 10.
Top-seeded Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham-Wading River defeated the second-seeded Stephen Gruppuso of Bayport-Blue Point, 6-4, 6-0, to capture the Suffolk individual tennis championship.
Facing a stiff test from second-seeded Patrick Hannity and Sean Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau tennis doubles championship at Oceanside High School, the top-seeded pair from Syosset prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 after winning the last two games of the third set.
Shleimovich and Granat lead by example. Shleimovich, a two-time county quarterfinalist, and Granat, a state qualifier as a doubles player, haven't lost a match this season.
East (7-2), the five-time defending Suffolk champs, entered the season riding a 100-match winning streak against Suffolk competition. But West's win over them on April 16 snapped the streak at 106, and its 4-3 win Thursday was affirmation that the Colts (8-0) are this year's team to beat.
The senior left his mark with another semifinal appearance and a third-place finish, falling to eventual champion Matt Gamble of Webster Schroeder, 3-6, 6-7 (7-2), Saturday at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
Leaf's win clinched the fifth straight Suffolk County team title for Half Hollow Hills East (21-0) as the Thunderbirds downed Hills West, 4.5-2.5, on their home courts Friday. It was Hills East's 100th consecutive win against Suffolk County opponents. The Thunderbirds were the only team to defeat Hills West (15-3) this season.
Ben Rosen ended the Nassau County tennis singles tournament the same way he started it: dominating his competition. The Port Washington senior defeated Plainview's Yuval Solomon, 6-1, 6-1, in the championship match Saturday afternoon at Oceanside.
Top-seeded Ali defeated No. 2 Alper, 6-1, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at Half Hollow Hills East in the Suffolk individual singles championship match, repeating as county champion.
The top-seeded juniors from Half Hollow Hills West defeated No. 2 Nick Fox and Cory Seltman, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), in the doubles final at the Suffolk tennis championships yesterday at Floyd.
Half Hollow Hills East has been a powerhouse in boys tennis for nearly 30 years, but junior Zain Ali did something Saturday that no other player from his school had ever accomplished.
Forget the county Class AA crown or being the best in Class B, unlike in football, lacrosse, basketball or baseball. Only one team can earn the title of Suffolk champion in boys tennis, and for the fourth consecutive season, that team is Half Hollow Hills East.
Cold Spring Harbor believed it had to take all four singles matches against Half Hollow Hills East to win the Long Island boys tennis championship, but though Conor Dauer eventually did secure a singles sweep for the Seahawks, it was their unusual duo at third doubles that ultimately clinched the title.
Top-seeded Half Hollow Hills East (18-0) won its third straight Suffolk championship by handing No. 2 Ward Melville its first loss in 19 matches, 6-1.
Upper Room Christian School shows off some of the new menu items introduced at Aces Restaurant on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in this student created video.
Half Hollow Hills East's Chris Hunter takes on The Ross School's Richard Sipala in this First Singles match for the Section XI Boys Tennis Team Championship.
The Ross School's Richard Sipala meets up with Steven Marzagalli of Patchogue-Medford in their First Singles match in the Suffolk Semifinals on 5/27/11.
Freshman Zain Ali talks about his performance in the match-up against Rajkumar Pammal of Commack during the Suffolk Boys Tennis Quarterfinals and his undefeated season.
Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman and East Islip's Nick Bauer face off at First Singles during their team's First Round match-up of the Suffolk County playoffs on 5/25/11.
Sophomore First Singles Tennis player Brandon Stone opens up about his performance in the Boys Tennis Semifinals against East Islip's Nick Bauer and his season accomplishments.
Eric Ambrosio talks about what he is hoping to achieve by looking forward in the Nassau Boys Singles & Doubles Championships, and what his coach has told him to keep him going.
East Meadow's Guerrero and Mitchel take on Oceanside's Flax and Bader at the Nassau County Boys Singles & Doubles Tournament at Oceanside High School on 5/14/11.
Valley Stream South's Savin takes on Malverne/East Rockaway's Barbier at the Nassau County Boys Singles & Doubles Tournament at Oceanside High School on 5/14/11.
North Shore's Fierstein and Korponay take on South Side's Kalafatis and Muloolly at the Nassau County Boys Singles & Doubles Tournament at Oceanside High School on 5/14/11.
The top boys tennis players from Nassau County take to the court at the Nassau County Boys Singles & Doubles Tournament at Oceanside High School on 5/16/11.