There wonâ€™t be any banners hung to commemorate the 2017 season for either the Bristol Central or Bristol Eastern boys tennis teams, though both enjoyed some successes.
The Lancers were 8-4 overall and finished second in the CCC South-Blue Division. The Rams finished 3-9 overall and in last place in the CCC South-Blue Division, but enjoyed wins over Northwest Catholic, Platt and Plainville.
Both teams had three players selected for all-conference honors, and those six players make up our ninth annual honorary All-Press Boys Tennis team.
They include three players who all are now four-time All-Press picks: Bristol Centralâ€™s Colin Savino and Bristol Easternâ€™s Ridhwan Abdulsalam and Justin Trottier.
Our All-Press picks for 2017 also include three first-time selections: Bristol Central juniors Alex Bernier and Mike Kaminski, along with Bristol Eastern senior Noah Cyr.
Trottier was the No. 1 singles player and a team captain for the Lancers, compiling a 6-4 record. Abdulsalam was the teamâ€™s No. 2 singles player and also a captain, recording an 8-1 record. Cyr had a 5-5 record playing in the No. 1 doubles position.
â€śAll three players have been a tremendous asset to our team over the past four years,â€ť Bristol Eastern coach Logan Bourke said. â€śThey have worked hard to grow the program into a strong contender within our conference, from last to second, and will be missed next year as they head off to college.â€ť
Savino finished his career at Bristol Central with his fourth straight all-conference selection. He was also all-academic for the fourth straight year. Savino finished the season with an 8-3 record at the No. 1 singles position and finished his career with an 18-8 record at the position.
â€śBristol Central will miss his leadership on and off the court next year,â€ť Rams coach Jeremy Sloate said.
Kaminski and Bernier stepped into the No. 1 doubles spot in their first year playing together and went 6-6.
â€śAs juniors, I see a lot of potential and I am excited to see how they grow over the summer,â€ť Sloate said. â€śThey have potential to be an excellent doubles team and make some noise in the conference. This was the first year Mike and Alex made all-conference and the third consecutive year they were all-academic. They have grown tremendously over the three years they have been on the team and are developing into a dominant [doubles] team.â€ť
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