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2013 High School Boys Tennis All-Stars

Arlington's Narula earns first Player of the Year honor

1:00 AM, Jul. 14, 2013 EDT

Arlington High School's Karan Narula captured his first Poughkeepsie Journal Player of the Year award. / Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Karan Narula

School: Arlington

Grade: 11

Vital stats: The Admirals' first-singles player went undefeated in league play and finished 12-3 overall. The captain was an all-league and all-section selection, helping Arlington capture the Section 1 Conference I team championship. Narula joined teammate Jake Bhangdia to compete in doubles in the postseason and the duo reached the New York State consolation finals.

Quotable: "Karan's work ethic sets him apart," Arlington coach Gail Lynch said. "He's a goal setter. His goal was to win Player of the Year and go to states. He works hard for his goals so he is real excited to get them."

* "I do know that Karan Narula is clearly the top singles player in Dutchess," Beacon coach Dave Ryley said.

First Singles

Jonah Berkowitz

School: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Grade: 12

Vital stats: Berkowitz entered his senior year with high expectations and didn't disappoint. Berkowitz went 10-0 in league play and won his fourth consecutive Mid-Hudson Athletic League championship. He finished his career undefeated in MHAL play.

Quotable: "As I think back over the years, his success stems from his mental attitude of just not accepting defeat," Roosevelt coach Bob Mayerhofer said. "He is that way in every match and he has improved year to year."

Rajat Chandra

School: John Jay

Grade: 11

Vital stats: Chandra finished with a record of 8-5 in Section 1 at first singles.

Quotable: "Rajat is a very bright kid, very determined, very focused. He uses his focus to make a very good and consistent tennis player," John Jay coach Rob Seipp said. "He never gives up on a play."

Sean Gorwara

School: Arlington

Grade: 10

Vital stats: Gorwara went undefeated in league play and finished with an overall record of 13-2 as the Admirals' second-singles player. He was an all-league selection and finished his season in the round of 16 in the Section 1 tournament.

Quotable: "Sean does a nice job," Arlington coach Gail Lynch said. "He trains very hard and, like the whole team, takes practice very seriously."

Carol Tyson

School: Rhinebeck

Grade: 11

Vital stats: Tyson went 7-1 in first singles and became the first girl to reach the MHAL singles final in 27 years, losing to Berkowitz.

Quotable: "She works extremely hard," Rhinebeck coach Dave Jutton said. "I think it's rare for a player so talented to make the sacrifices she's made."

Frank Lin and Justin Lin

School: Spackenkill

Grade: Frank, 12; Justin, 10

Vital stats: The brothers, paired together for the first time as Spackenkill's first-doubles team, lost their first match but didn't lose again until the Section 9 tournament, winning the MHAL doubles title in the process.

Quotable: "They were apprehensive at first (about playing together) but they really embraced it and gelled," Spartans coach Mark Reed said. "They put in the hard work and dedication and made positive things happen on the court."

Mark Cukaj and Rahul Sinha

School: Arlington

Grade: Cukaj, 10; Sinha, 11

Vital stats: Arlington's first-doubles pair went undefeated in league play and 12-3 overall. Both Cukaj and Sinha received an all-league honor and advanced to the round of 16 in the Section 1 tournament in their second year playing together.

Quotable: "Those guys clicked," Lynch said. "They are friends off the court and play well together and take everything in stride."

Honorable Mention

Arlington: Jake Bhangdia, Adam Cooper, Doug Diehl, Romaine Haffenden, Jack Kenney; Beacon: Brett Gallio, Erik Gaster, Michael Knowles, Vrajesh Patel; Franklin D. Roosevelt: John Ackerman, Dan Considine, Jay Gohel, Dominik Zadlo; Highland: Darshan Rammohan; John Jay: Denkata Chaluvavi, Shiva Laksmanan, A.J. Nandi; Roy C. Ketcham: Dan Chaloux, Dan Chan, Allen Ng; Marlboro: Justin Barlow, Max Evanega, Daniel Warburton; Millbrook: Thomas Sweck, Ethan Wiltse; New Paltz: Max Flicker, Eric Januszkiewicz, Seth Roberts, Brian Villiers; Our Lady of Lourdes: Taylor Cunningham, Kyle Fraser, Christopher Reed; Pine Plains: Travis Humeston, Liam Maserjian, Rain Owens, Racheal Simmons; Red Hook: Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi, Ethan Longenecker, Brian Messmer; Spackenkill: Luca Balbo, Alex DaPonte, Shawn Kollesar

Coach of the Year

Gail Lynch

School: Arlington

Vital stats: Under the direction of Lynch, the Arlington tennis program experienced both individual and team success. All three singles players and three doubles teams went undefeated in league play, seven athletes received an all-league distinction and, as a team, the Admirals won the Section 1 Conference I title. Lynch was named Section 1 Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Quotable: "Gail does a wonderful job of listening and recognizing the strengths of her team and putting her team in a position to be successful," Franklin D. Roosevelt coach Bob Mayerhofer said. "She uses the strengths of her players and molds them into a team."

 

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