June 23, 2010
Area quintet makes 1st team
Cortland High and Homer Central were both represented on the OHSL Freedom Division tennis first-team all-star squad when the coaches were done voting. The Purple Tigers and Trojans shared second place in the division with 11-3 league marks.
Homer junior Keefe Garrett received first-team honors at third singles. Trojan juniors Jeff Eves and Casie Garrison were honored at first doubles while the Purple Tiger senior duo of Randy Lin and Kelley Thomsen were the first-teamers at third doubles.
Other first-team all-stars were East Syracuse-Minoa’s Parker Stone at first singles, ES-M’s Daryl Johnson at second singles, Jamesville-DeWitt’s Jack Alexander at fourth singles and the second doubles duo of David Zhang and Andrew Lee from J-D.
Freedom Division Second-Team all-star status went to Erik Davis (J-D, first singles), Eric Natoli (Fulton, second singles), Adam Wolford (Fulton, third singles), Richard Reeschke (Fulton, fourth singles), Reed Tso & Devan Ramachandran (J-D, first doubles), Jake Deno & Morgan Williams (Mexico, second doubles) and Amir Nazem & Noah Kaplan (J-D, third doubles).
Honorable mention status went to Cortland junior Jacob Klinger (first) singles, Homer senior Nick Larison (second singles), J-D’s Dennis Zhou (third singles) Cortland senior Jordan Prior and junior Tanner Jones (second doubles), plus Fulton’s Nate Deavers and Mitch Lalik at third doubles.
Homer coach Nancy Cavellier comments on her first-team all-stars:
On Keefe Garrett: “What a great season for this junior. Keefe shows citizenship and leadership not only on, but off the court. He’s worked hard off season and more importantly loves the game. I’m glad to see that this drive of his has paid off. Keefe not only received First Team All-League honors as a third singles player, but his team also recognized him as the Most Improved Player of this 2010 season! Keefe qualified for sectionals where his season ended with a 12-3 record.”
On Jeff Eves and Casie Garrison: “I knew all along that these two athletes deserved first team all-league honors at first doubles, but to have the other coaches recognize this and vote them as top leaders is truly an honor. Jeff and Casie are both so competitive and do not know the meaning of quit. They have been our “dream team” that our younger players look up to. Their enthusiasm on and off the court makes coaching beyond enjoyable. They finished their season with an overall record of 8-2.”
Cortland Boys’ Tennis coach Bob Walrath comments on his first-team all-stars:
On Randy Lin and Kelley Thomsen: “Randy and Kelley are a very scrappy doubles team, and are deceptively consistent in their play on-court. They handled pressure situations exceptionally well and were super in the way they covered the court. Randy and Kelley backed each other up. Each player could take chances out there because he knew that he had back-up in his partner. Randy had perfect attendance while Kelley only missed one time. They were well-liked and respected by both fellow team members and, judging from comments, their opponents and the league coaches.”
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