Boys Tennis Falls in Nassau Finals
It was close, but there will be no double championship for the Syosset tennis teams this year. Six months after the girls took home a second consecutive Long Island championship, the boys found themselves competing for the Nassau County crown.
While Cold Spring Harbor’s 6-1 win on Wednesday at Wheatley High School may have ended that dream, these Braves have little to hang their head over.
It was only a day before the Cold Spring Harbor match that Syosset pulled off an upset over top seeded Hewlett in the semis. Kevin Katz topped J.J. Tauil to clinch the victory for the Braves.
What made the win even more impressive were the circumstances under which it came. Hewlett plays on both hard and clay courts during home matches. Syosset, who hasn’t played on clay all year, handled themselves exceptionally well on the foreign surface.
Next up was Cold Spring Harbor. After an undefeated regular season, the Seahawks were widely regarded as the best team in the county. In fact, the win marked the fourth consecutive county title for Cold Spring Harbor.
“I thought our team played well,” Braves coach Shai Fisher said. “We kept on fighting and did the best we could. But Cold Spring Harbor proved to be too tough for us once again. They played a great match and deserved the win.”
The loss marked the final appearance in a Braves uniform for three seniors- Stephen Peng, Jordan Zecher, and Harris Webber.
All three seniors were instrumental in Syosset’s success. Peng and Zecher were outstanding on the court, while Webber was known for his leadership.
“[Webber] was vital in taking numerous underclassmen under his wing and showing them the proper way to carry oneself with character,” Fisher said.
The departing seniors have laid the seeds for future Syosset success on the courts.
“All three were huge contributors to the program,” Fisher said. “I’m hoping that we can find a way next year to get back to the county championships, and come out of it with a different outcome.”
Syosset Boys Golf Sends Two to State Tournament
Even though Syosset finished fifth in this week’s county tournament, two Braves will be moving on. Matt Csillag and Willis Huyne will play at the state championship at Cornell University on June 4-6.
Csillag qualified for states by shooting 71 on Bethpage Red on the second day of the county tournament. That score tied him for the low individual mark in the tournament. Individually, Csillag finished third in the two day competition, missing the first place playoff by one shot.
Huyne put together rounds of 77 and 79, good for the ninth and final spot on the state team.
For all other Braves, the county tournament marked the end of the season. Syosset was 7-3 in Conference II, good for second place. Jericho finished first, posting a 9-1 record.
Farmingdale, as expected, took home the team title at the county tournament.
“We weren’t going to beat Farmingdale because they’re extremely good,” coach Dean Strohmayer said. “We ended up fifth. That wasn’t too bad.”