Meet the 2021 All-CNY boys tennis team

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Meet the 2021 All-CNY boys tennis team.

The team was chosen by members of the syracuse.com high school sports staff.

Max Akers

Max Akers

Name: Max Akers

School: Morrisville-Eaton

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: A match versus Clinton where we played a two-match pro set and it was a fun match for me and my partner

What’s next? National Guard and then college for automotive

Most treasured possession: I really do not have a treasured possession, but if I had to choose it would be one of my mountain bikes

Food I refuse to eat: Vegetables

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Kent, PE

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Even though we started later in the year, we had a practice outside and it started to snow.

Mark Bratslavsky

Mark Bratslavsky

Name: Mark Bratslavsky

School: Jamesville-DeWitt

Class: Sophomore

Most memorable match: My most memorable match was against Auburn because I successfully hit a tweener (a complex maneuver where I hit the ball through my legs and past the player). The opponent was also a great sport.

What’s next? Hopefully, I will remain a Sectional Champion in the upcoming years. In my junior and senior years I am optimistic to make States.

Who (or what) inspires you? My dad inspires me because he teaches me to always work hard. My brother Michael also motivates me to work hard because he becomes a tougher opponent every time we play.

Most treasured possession: My blanket. Whoever invented those needs a promotion.

Food I refuse to eat: Seafood. If I eat seafood then I die unless somebody stabs me with an EpiPen.

Favorite teacher and class: Although I cannot choose a favorite teacher, my favorite class is most definitely biology. I find it very interesting and intriguing.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? In a typical year, one of the players would bring snacks and Gatorade for the rest of the team for good luck and “fuel.” However, this was canceled due to the pandemic. Therefore, in order to cope with the cancellation of snacks, we developed advanced free-styling skills. Our incredible rap battles will be something that I always remember.

Traian Cherciu

Traian Cherciu

Name: Traian Cherciu

School: Cazenovia

Class: Freshman

Most memorable match? My most memorable match was the sectionals final from 2019. This was my first year on the team, and after playing two long matches prior to the final, with the help of my team coach, Ken Garay, I was able to win my first title in three sets as a third singles player.

What’s next? I will continue to work hard and improve my game to be ready for next’s season and state qualifiers.

Who (or what) inspires you?: The people who inspire me the most are my family, my parents, my teammates, my coach Brian Galle, and my good friend Alex Galle, who have always been there for me during my bad days and good days. They have supported me, helped me improve and guided me in becoming a better person.

Most treasured possession: My most treasured possession is my camouflage hat. The reason it is my most prized possession is not because of the hat itself, but what it represents to me. It represents the grind, the hard work put into something to become better at it, and that what’s really important is the content of something, not how it looks. It reminds me to play with a fighting spirit and stay focused when things get tough.

Food I refuse to eat: Hawaiian pizza

Favorite teacher and class: My favorite teacher throughout the years would be my English teacher, Mary Dinapoli, because she is an awesome teacher, a great person to talk to, and always helped me improve. My favorite class is social studies because I enjoy learning about human history.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? The great times my teammates and I have had throughout the season and that we were able to make the best possible situation out of this pandemic.

Henry Crespi

Henry Crespi

Name: Henry Crespi

School: Hamilton

Class: Senior

Most memorable match? The final sectionals championship against Lafayette

What’s next? Probably going off to college at the University of Rochester to study Japanese language and culture (and play a bunch of volleyball and table tennis).

Who (or what) inspires you? I’d have to say my coach, Mr. Poznar, has an amazing way of coaching that brings everyone on the team together to push through any hardship or challenge all the while doing our best.

Most treasured possession: My table tennis paddles that my aunt from China gave to me.

Food I refuse to eat: Don’t make me touch Brussels sprouts

Favorite teacher and class: My favorite teacher has to be Professor Hirata or Hirata Sensei. My favorite class is Japanese.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? I’ll remember the unforgettable season I got to have with my friends and teammates this season. From cracking coconuts in parking lots to just playing tennis on the courts, I think I’m gonna remember just about every little detail.

Jaden Duggal

Jaden Duggal

Name: Jaden Duggal

School: Fayetteville Manlius

Class: Junior

Most memorable match: My most memorable match would have to be the game against Baldwinsville midseason this year. My doubles partner and I had lost the first set and going into the second set we had to really fight to come back. Although we lost the third set in a tiebreaker, that game really stuck with me and showed me how much perseverance matters.

What’s next? What’s next for me is continuing to hone my tennis skills and hopefully win team sectionals again.

Who (or what) inspires you? The people who inspire me are my parents because they are always supportive of me and they are always teaching me to be a better person.

Most treasured possession: My most treasured possessions are my dogs, Hershey and Bailey

Food I refuse to eat A food I would never eat is pineapple on pizza

Favorite teacher and class: My favorite teacher would be Mr. Muench who taught my AP world class.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? What I will remember most about this pandemic season is the resilience that all my teammates and coaches showed when approaching this season. Everyone on the team persevered even though this season was challenging and that stuck with me.

David Fernando

David Fernando

Name: David Fernando

School: Fayetteville-Manlius

Class: Junior

Most memorable match: Probably the three-setter I had with Antonio Marsallo during the season

What’s next? I wanna improve so that when I graduate I can be proud of where I am as a tennis player and become an inspiration to my team.

Who (or what) inspires you?: My parents and peers

Most treasured possession: My old laptop that my brother gave me

Food I refuse to eat: Dark chocolate

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Mendez from orchestra/music

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Going out with Davin Woolridge to get ramen after a match.

Essex Glowaki

Essex Glowaki

Name: Essex Glowaki

School: Jamesville-DeWitt

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: The sectionals final match versus David Fenner. David played really well, especially in the beginning, and it took a lot of effort to pull out the win. Plus, it was my last high school match.

What’s next? I will probably play club tennis at the University of Georgia.

Who (or what) inspires you?: My mom

Most treasured possession: My toothbrush

Food I refuse to eat: Mushrooms

Favorite teacher and class: Calculus, Mrs. Techman

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? How terrible it was to be forced to wear a mask when you are 50-plus feet away from your opponent.

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Name: Neil Gutchess

School: Skaneateles

Class: Junior

Most memorable match? Sectional finals

What’s next? Another year of high school tennis

Who (or what) inspires you?: Parents

Most treasured possession: Netflix

Food I refuse to eat: Strawberries

Favorite teacher and class: History with Mrs. Spinelli

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Mask tans.

Haley Henry

Haley Henry

Name: Haley Henry

School: Morrisville-Eaton

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: The most memorable match for me was our semifinal match against Lafayette. It was a four-hour match and we struggled a lot, probably more than we should have, but in the end we proved to ourselves that we had enough strength and willpower to keep fighting until we won.

What’s next? I’m headed the Clarkston University this fall to get an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

Who (or what) inspires you? My inspiration is my grandmother, Katie Henry. Eight years ago my grandfather had a stroke and I watched my grandmother go through more than one person should have to go through. Still, every day she gets up, she puts a smile on her face, and she works hard to provide a comfortable home for the love of her life. I can only hope to be as strong as she is.

Most treasured possession: A stuffed dog named Charlie that my brother gave to me when I was young

Food I refuse to eat: 110% would have to be Brussels sprouts

Favorite teacher and class: My favorite teacher is professor David Hale. He teaches the engineering science program at Madison-Oneida BOCES. Among the many life lessons he teaches, he honestly just wants all his students to be successful in a way that will make them truly happy.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Despite the complications and setbacks that Covid handed out, it was amazing to see the dedication and hard work that athletic directors, coaches and students still put in to make this past season possible. We won, but even if we lost we still had the opportunity to come home at the end of the day and say we had fun.

Aidan Hicks

Aidan Hicks

Name: Aidan Hicks

School: Oneida

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: My last match of my high school career, winning sectionals. I was playing with my brother Ajay in doubles.

What’s next? Baldwin Wallace University, bio major

Who (or what) inspires you? Parents

Food I refuse to eat: Olives

Favorite teacher and class: Dr. Merrill, New Visions Allied Health

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Wearing masks playing tennis.

Ajay Hicks

Ajay Hicks

Name: Ajay Hicks

School: Oneida

Class: Senior

Most memorable match? Winning sectionals with my brother Aidan as my partner

What’s next? Le Moyne College majoring in nursing

Who (or what) inspires you?: My parents

Food I refuse to eat: Cereal

Favorite teacher and class: Dr. Merrill, Allied Health

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Online learning

Andrew Hicks

Andrew Hicks

Name: Andrew Hicks

School: Oneida

Class: Sophomore

Most memorable match? Playing against J-D in eighth grade sectionals for doubles

What’s next? Junior year

Who (or what) inspires you?: My triplet siblings

Food I refuse to eat: Ketchup

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Kirkpatrick, English

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Playing three sports in the course of five months.

Spencer Ingmire

Spencer Ingmire

Name: Spencer Ingmire

School: Oneida

Class: Sophomore

Most memorable match: Sectional final against Cooper

What’s next? Focusing on soccer and being in the Adirondacks for the summer

Who (or what) inspires you? Djokivic inspires me for tennis

Most treasured possession: My soccer cleats

Food I refuse to eat: Beets

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Kirkpatrick

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Our whole team not losing one set all year.

Aiden Katleski

Aiden Katleski

Name: Aiden Katleski

School: Cazenovia

Class: Senior

Most memorable match? Honestly, when I lost the match despite being up 3-1 in the third set versus Mexico. Last regular season match and cost the team an undefeated season.

What’s next? St. John Fisher, majoring in marketing

Who (or what) inspires you? Getting Ws

Most treasured possession: My dog Frank

Food I refuse to eat: Just drinking plain milk

Favorite teacher and class: Ms. Byrne, math

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Not being able to see my opponents’ faces.

Trevor Knupp

Trevor Knupp

Name: Trevor Knupp

School: Skaneateles

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: Sectional championship versus Cazenovia

What’s next? Brown University

Who inspires you?: My mom

Most treasured possession: My dogs

Food I refuse to eat: Cauliflower

Favorite teacher and class: Mrs. Wiese, AP Spanish

What will you remember most from this pandemic season? Eating Chick-fil-A as a team on the curb because inside was closed.

Matthew Mannara

Matthew Mannara

Name: Matthew Mannara

School: West Genesee

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: Playing at states in 2019

What’s next? Alfred State

Who (or what) inspires you? Cade Duda

Most treasured possession: My dog Remi

Food I refuse to eat: Chicken parm

Favorite teacher and class: Ms. Kovalchik, forensics

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? The bus driver who saved everyone’s lives during the car crash on the way to sectionals.

Marcus McClanahan

Marcus McClanahan

Name: Marcus McClanahan

School: Skaneateles

Class: Junior

Most memorable match: Sectional semifinals versus Cazenovia

What’s next? Going to states for senior year

Who (or what) inspires you? Fear of regret

Most treasured possession: My chessboard

Food I refuse to eat: Pineapple

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Ferrare and math

What will you remember most from this pandemic season? Pulling up to Chik-fil-A in a gold Ferrari.

Andrew Neumann

Andrew Neumann

Name: Andrew Neumann

School: Skaneateles

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: The sectional finals against Holland Patent

What’s next? Middlebury College

Who (or what) inspires you?: Competition

Most treasured possession: My 2011 GMC Yukon

Food I refuse to eat: Tomatoes

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Mulroy’s business classes

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? To never take anything for granted.

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Name: Seth O’Connell

School: Oneida

Class: Junior

Most memorable match: Probably my match against New Hartford, because it was my most competitive match of the season.

What’s next? Continue working hard on my skills so I’m ready to come back and have an even better season next year.

Who (or what) inspires you? My friends and family inspire me most

My most treasured possession: My tennis racket, of course!

Food I refuse to eat: Beef

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Fuller’s pre-calculus was my favorite class

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Having to deal with the discomfort of wearing masks while playing most of our matches.

Duncan Raddant

Duncan Raddant

Name: Duncan Raddant

School: Skaneateles

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: Sectional championship versus Cazenovia

What’s next: Going to Hillsboro Helicopter Academy to become a helicopter pilot

Most treasured possession: My car

Food I refuse to eat: Cabbage

Favorite teacher and class: Automotive Technology with Mr. Coughlin

What will you remember most from this pandemic season? Learning that playing in masks is easier said than done.

Brice Sharp-Ballinger

Brice Sharp-Ballinger

Name: Brice Sharp-Ballinger

School: Hamilton

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: My most memorable match is playing at Canastota freshman year at second doubles and winning in a super-close tiebreaker after losing the first set.

What’s nex? I will be attending either University of Rochester or Vanderbilt next fall and plan to try and double major in East Asian studies and economics.

Who (or what) inspires you? My family inspires me. They encourage me to always do better and continue improving.

Most treasured possession: My most treasured possession is my computer because it allowed me to connect with family and friends during the pandemic.

Food I refuse to eat: I am not a fan of pickled watermelon.

Favorite teacher and class: I like all of my teachers so I don’t really have a favorite! My favorite class this year is a tie between Japanese 121/122 and AP calc.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Cracking open a coconut in the Utica parkway recreation center parking lot with the team right before playing our first round of sectionals.

Quincy Stayton

Quincy Stayton

Name: Quincy Stayton

School: Sauquoit Valley

Class: Eighth grade

Most memorable match: My team’s first two matches. We had a doubleheader. At the beginning of the season, I was originally playing first doubles. In the second match, my coach decided to see how I would do in third singles, and after that he decided to keep me at third singles, and I wouldn’t have come this far and won sectionals if that hadn’t happened.

What’s next? Keep working over the summer so I can get better for the next season.

Who (or what) inspires you? Roger Federer. He’s ranked No. 8 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, and he shares a record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles (20).

Most treasured possession: My Rubik’s Cube collection. They’re fun to play with whenever I’m bored.

Food I refuse to eat: Pickles

Favorite teacher and class: Mrs. Piacentino-Call. She teaches science. I like all the experiments, except for when we dissected frogs.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? After not being able to play tennis last year (because of Covid), I was more excited to play this season and it went by very quickly.

Benito Vlassis

Benito Vlassis

Name: Benito Vlassis

School: Christian Brothers Academy

Class: Senior

Most memorable match: My most memorable match would be winning the sectional championship.

What’s next? Playing DI tennis at Colgate University

Who (or what) inspires you?: My coach, Coach Rick, inspired me.

Most treasured possession: My tennis racket

Food I refuse to eat: I will not eat peas

Favorite teacher and class: Mr. Calimlim, AP physics class

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? Getting to know the other players on the team.

Davin Woodridge

Davin Woodridge

Name: Davin Woodridge

School: Fayetteville-Manlius

Class: Junior

Most memorable match: The most memorable match I had this season would be Baldwinsville at home. The match went for 2 hours long until dark. It was fun playing such a good game against great players.

What’s next? I plan to continue practicing and get ready for my senior season.

Who (or what) inspires you: I would have to say the person I idolize the most and inspires me would be John Coltrane.

Most treasured possession: I have a picture of my sister, grandma and myself that I keep on my desk in my room.

Food I refuse to eat: I’m not a very picky eater but I would refuse to drink coconut milk or skim milk.

Favorite teacher and class: Mrs. Mason and Mr. Muench in algebra 2 and world history, respectively.

What will you most remember for this pandemic season? I think the first practice getting to see a lot of people who I hadn’t seen in two years was amazing, but it would have to playing with the seniors who have graduated and are moving on to college. Thank you guys so much for being amazing people.

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Name: Noah Ruston

School: West Genesee

Class: Junior

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Name: Will Weldon

School: Cooperstown

Class: Senior

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Name: Gunther Weldon

School: Cooperstown

Class: Seventh grade

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