Cold Spring Harbor eyeing sixth straight LI boys tennis title
Cold Spring Harbor has become somewhat of a boys tennis factory, perennially producing great talent and teams that have dominated Long Island in recent years.
This season likely will be no different.
Coming off its fifth consecutive Long Island championship, Cold Spring Harbor returns four top players in Conor Dauer, Jon Paris and the Mullins brothers -- Conor, a junior, and Sean, a freshman. Despite graduating two-time state singles champion Josh Levine and the retirement of longtime coach Paul Posch- mann, the Seahawks are deep, powerful and primed for another run at the county title. Dauer, bound for William & Mary, is also a top contender for the county singles championship.
"We've got three or four guys who are still pretty strong, and my first impression is that we should be competing again for the championship,'' coach Ben Marks said.
Ben Rosen is one of seven returning starters for Port Washington, which expects to be a top team and contend with CSH. Syosset is always tough, returning junior Henry Tell, but graduated its top three singles players. North Shore senior Phillip Antohi also will contend for the county singles title and lead the Vikings, before playing at Cornell next fall.
CONFERENCE I-BHewlett won the conference title last season but graduated eight starters. The team is led by Brandon Remer. Roslyn will rely on its depth at doubles and believes it can contend for the I-B title with senior Brett Edelblum leading the way. Friends Academy returns six starters as Jack Vissichiccio moves up to first singles and Bhavin Vaid and Greg Rosen- thal will play at first doubles for the second straight season. Wheatley beat Oceanside to win the Conference II title last year, but both squads could struggle in a move up to I-B. CONFERENCE II
Vihar Shah made the state singles semifinals last season and returns with Ben Pleat to lead Herricks, which moves down to Conference II after a rough 2012. Freshman twins Athell and Jordan Bennett lead a young Valley Stream Central squad, which moved up to Conference II after winning Conference III last season and Conference IV-A the previous year. Lynbrook expects to com- pete for the conference title as well, returning its core with seniors Matt DeMichiel, Sean Kemp and Charley Lanter.
Mepham had the best record in Conference III last season but lost in the playoffs. The Pirates return their first singles player, sophomore Palmer Clare. Farmingdale and Calhoun moved down from Conference II and also are expected to contend for the conference crown.
John D'Alessandro is the defending CHSAA individual singles champ and has reached the singles finals in each of the last three seasons. But D'Alessandro still might have competition for the top slot on St. Anthony's depth chart with the emergence of sophomore Brian Hoffarth, making the Friars a team to watch.
Juniors Richard Spinelli and Cameron Posillico will lead Chaminade, which graduated 10 players from its league championship team last season.
St. John the Baptist has experience, returning first singles Joe Gigante and promoting Timothy Distler from third to second singles. Kellenberg's strength is at the top of its lineup, where individual singles runner-up Richard Mitchell leads the Firebirds.
Portledgeand Long Island Lutheran are the class here. Portledge beat Lutheran in last year's league championship, and is the favorite again, led by Cameron Daniels and Alex Snow. Luhi returns IPPSAL individual singles champ, sophomore Connor Dove.