Record: 13-0 in regular season
Vital Stats: An Arlington captain, Bhangdia went undefeated in first singles during the regular season. The junior entered the Section 1 Conference I tournament as the top seed and advanced to the Section 1 tournament. Bhangdia suffered an ankle injury in the first round of the tournament.
Quotable: “Jake is one of the hardest working tennis players I have ever had on my team. I’m continually amazed at all he does,” said Lynch. “He dedicates himself to the Arlington tennis team, is the tennis representative on the Student Athletic Council at Arlington, and travels down to Westchester four or more days a week to train there. His work ethic is truly amazing, and permeates throughout our team. The boys see how hard he works and it only makes them better, which in turn, makes the Arlington tennis program better.”
Record: 19-3 overall (11-0 regular season)
Vital Stats: Cukaj earned the Outstanding Senior Award for Tennis from Arlington. The senior made all-league, all-conference and all-Section 1. He teamed up with Sean Gorwara to make the state tournament in doubles, advancing to the quarterfinals. Cukaj was honored with a Section 1 sportsmanship award.
Quotable: “Mark had a tremendous season this year … He had many tough matches (in the regular season), and was able to win all of them. Mark is a true fighter on the court,” said Lynch.
Vital Stats: 12-year-old Feigelson, playing first singles, placed second in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League tournament, losing to Highland’s Dharshan Rammohan in the final. The seventh-grader won a match at the Section 9 tournament in Goshen.
Quotable: “Daniel is a great player. (He is) always polite to his opponents and their coaches,” Millbrook coach John Tringali said. “Daniel always listens to suggestions and always works for the best of his team.”
Record: N/A, undefeated in regular season
Vital Stats: The senior was undefeated in second singles, earning all-league, all-conference and all-Section 1 honors. In postseason play, Gorwara connected with Mark Cukaj and reached the state quarterfinals in doubles.
Quotable: “(Gorwara) will be playing tennis at Villanova next year,” said Lynch. “When you have a player going to a (Division I) school, it inspires others to be better and to practice harder. Sean had a great year and ended his high school tennis career by going to states, what could be better!”
School: New Paltz
Vital Stats: In first singles, Mauceri finished the regular-season 9-1 before teaming up at doubles with Shane Paul in the postseason. The two lost in the MHAL final.
Quotable: “Allesandro is intense, hard-working and finds a way to win,” said New Paltz coach Scott Taylor. “He’s very coachable and always learning. He loves being active at the net when he plays doubles.”
Vital Stats: Rammohan won the MHAL tournament and, claiming third place in the Section 9 tournament, qualified for the state tournament. The standout senior is the first Highland tennis player to win the MHAL title and advance to states.
Quotable: “Dharshan has been Highland’s No. 1 singles player all four years of his high school career and never lost more than two regular season matches,” Highland coach Alan Benson said. “His dedication to the sport of tennis is evident by his accomplishments . . . For the last two summers, Dharshan has also offered a week long summer camp in Highland aimed at educating Highland youth interested in tennis, and all the money he raises goes to charity.”
Elijah McKee & Rees DeTar
School: New Paltz
Grade: McKee 10, DeTar 12
Vital Stats: The first-doubles duo helped to lift New Paltz to the MHAL championship.
Quotable: “(McKee and DeTar) won a lot of the close doubles matches and really came together by the end of the season,” said Taylor. “‘Never quit’ was their motto which they put into action. They had their best matches against (Roosevelt) in the regular season and in the MHAL tournament.”
Coach of the Year
Vital Stats: Gail Lynch guided Arlington to another successful season. Nine of her players went undefeated in the regular seasonl.
Quotable: “(Lynch) exemplifies what a coach should be,” said Roy C. Ketcham coach Linda Edgar. “She also gives extra time to help out with the end of season seeding of players. She is an excellent coach and mentor.”
•“My boys deserve all the credit,” said Lynch. “As far as I am concerned, (my boys) make me look good. I ask for hard work and dedication, and they do it.”
Arlington: Justin Battistoni, Adam Cooper, Andrew Goldmann, Dale Goldmann, Jack Kenney, Pranav Varanasi
Beacon: Jack Rothberg
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Jay Gohel
John Jay: Shiva Lakshmanan, David Taylor
New Paltz: Ryan Macaluso, Logan McPherson, Shane Paul
Our Lady of Lourdes: Ian Tomann, Cliff Wen
Red Hook: Joe Bryant, Templeton Kay, Sam Laing, Ethan Longenecker, Christian Rohrmeier
Rhinebeck: Alec Gautier, Megan Heller
Spackenkill: Ryan Ackert, Bradley Delmar, John Timm