The spring boys tennis season saw many standout performances from local teams, highlighted by Roslyn persevering after an awful tragedy, and the Port Washington boys reaching the county final.
Roslyn, the defending large-school county champs, was enjoying another strong season when awful tragedy struck. On May 3, following a win over rival Syosset, a car carrying four Bulldogs players was struck by an alleged drunk driver.
Two players, eighth graders Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, were killed, while senior Zachary Sheena and sophomore Ethan Solop were injured and hospitalized.
After a few days of mourning and funerals, Roslyn’s players elected to continue playing the rest of the season. The Bulldogs advanced to the large-school semifinals, where they fell to Syosset, 6-1.
The Port Washington boys were able to go one step farther, winning a tight 4-3 battle with Great Neck North in the semifinals to advance to the county finals.
But in that matchup, the Vikings were bested by Syosset, 6-1 in the finals.
On the individual side of things, Great Neck South was the only local team to send players to the state tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Albert Hu, a junior at Great Neck South, finished third in the county tournament and advanced to states, while the doubles team of senior Carter Shea and sophomore Ayush Shroff also finished third at counties and advanced to states.
At states the Great Neck players each lost in the second round on June 2, after scoring their first-ever state wins in round one.