As French Open looms, local high school tennis teams hold their own allure
by DAVE THOMAS
May 02, 2014 | 1374 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While the world’s tennis eyes will likely be on the French Open later this month, local tennis fans are keeping up to speed with the boys’ season at several area schools.

At The Bishop’s School, the Knights, under head coach Matt Copland, sported a 5-7 record as of the past week, looking to finish strong in their final matches and at least make the CIF quarterfinals in team play.

According to Copland, notable players this season have included senior Jordan Sadowsky, leading the team at number one singles, along with the doubles duo of Nick Appel and Zac Cohen.

“We achieved two good team wins over Pacific Ridge in our conference,” Copland noted.

“The season has been a little crazy,” he added, “starting 0-4 and getting back to 4-4, then following to 4-7 with a chance to finish 7-7. Overall, the players have definitely started to find their form. The last two weeks of the season are going to be interesting.”

At La Jolla Country Day School, the Torreys, under head coach Joslynn Burkett, headed into the end of April with an overall mark of 8-7 and 4-1 in Coastal League play. The Torreys were to meet up with Pacific Ridge on April 29 to battle for the league title, seeking their fifth straight league crown.

“As for the season,” Burkett noted, “we have been plugging away day-in and day-out taking some losses with some well-fought victories. Our schedule is always one of the toughest, so we are prepared going into CIF, which we have won three times in the past four years. As for this season, we’re taking one match at a time, which is a philosophy that will take us through the postseason.”

Burkett said she believes this team is capable of anything, as they are “bonded in their goals and stay united through the good and the bad. They have progressively improved throughout the season, which is all I can ask for as a coach. That said, I think the team would support me in saying that not one player is more meaningful to this team than another. It truly is a team effort each and every day, which is why I continually have confidence in their abilities to exceed any goal.”

At La Jolla High, the Vikings, under head coach Matt Previdi, have been rolling past the competition en route to a 10-0 mark as April wound down.

According to Previdi, key players to date include freshmen Jack Hogan and Sam Hum, senior captain Colton Kellogg (proving a good example for younger players) and juniors Sasha Kovacevic and Nikola Nikolic. “We have six freshmen this year who are all growing with each match,” Previdi said.

Kovacevic and Nikolic, he added, “have taken the freshmen under their wing and are helping us to build a doubles powerhouse. Our team has the potential to win our third CIF title in a row this year. It will all come down to how well our guys support each other when the pressure is on. This is one of the most enjoyable teams I have ever coached, because the players are there to pick each other up and are amazingly altruistic in their approach to their teammates.”

Track and field teams sport

excellent marks, performances

For local high school track and field teams, the 2014 season could shape into a field of outstanding performances.

At La Jolla High School, the Vikings, under head coach Jason Karp, head into May with records of 0-4 (boys) and 1-3 (girls), respectively.

According to Karp, some of the key boys include Ethan Hammershaimb (800 meters, 1600 meters); Connor Hayden (long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus); Carter Simington (long jump, triple jump, high jump); and Louis McNair (400 meters).

On the girls side, key members early in the season include Sakura Roberson (400 meters, 800 meters); Lauren Roberts (1600 meters, 3200 meters); Satori Roberson (400 meters, long jump, triple jump, high jump); and Alexandria Bernal (100 meters, long jump, 4 x 100-meter relay).

“Most of the athletes have achieved lifetime best marks this season,” Karp said.

“It's a rebuilding year, with many young athletes, and they're slowly learning that if they want something they've never had, they must do something they've never done,” he said.

At neighboring Bishop’s School, the Knights, under head coach Rodney Jones, sat at 0-1 (boys) and 1-0 (girls), respectively.

“We have a very talented team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, with only five seniors, but still very competitive,” Jones said.

“It is hard for me to identify any standout athletes, but I would tell you to keep an eye on our very balanced and strong girls team, with a very fast sprinting group and powerful [distance] people,” he said.

Some key members to date include Daniel Anderson (freshman); A.J. Britanico (sophomore); Kameron Jones (sophomore); Chris Halter (senior); Imani Littleton (senior); Layla Cunningham (sophomore); Malea Casillas (sophomore); and Tessa Martin (senior).
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