ALL-PRESS BOYS TENNIS: Talented group of six had plenty of success

Published on Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:35
Written by PAUL ANGILLY

STAFF WRITER

There won’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 Central’s Colin Savino and Bristol Eastern’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 team’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.

“All three players have been a tremendous asset to our team over the past four years,” Bristol Eastern coach Logan Bourke said. “They 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.”

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.

“Bristol Central will miss his leadership on and off the court next year,” 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.

“As juniors, I see a lot of potential and I am excited to see how they grow over the summer,” Sloate said. “They 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.”

Paul Angilly can be reached at 860-973-1800, or pangilly@centralctcommunications.com



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports on Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:35. Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:37.