| By David Drucker
Credit: Anthony Pastecchi

A big congratulations is in order to Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor for what he accomplished this past weekend winning the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament. Levine, along with the rest of his Nassau County and Suffolk County teammates representing Long Island, traveled to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this past weekend to do battle. Levine, who was seeded second in the singles draw, was on pace to square off with number one seed Jeremy Court of New Rochelle, whom Levine had fallen to in defeat just last year at the state tournament. 

After Levine took his opening match in straight sets, he went on to take his next three matches in straight sets as well, earning him a spot in the finals. New Rochelle's Court would match Levine’s quality play, not dropping a set on his way to the finals as well. Court took out Nassau representative Zachary Morris of Garden City, 6-2, 6-0, in the semifinals, sending a message to the junior from Cold Spring Harbor.

As the match got underway, it was clear who the aggressor was. Levine went for shot after shot, painting lines and racking up the winners. From last year until this year, you could see the difference in Levine’s game, as he stood with confidence on the court, controlling the baseline point after point. Strong serving kept the pressure off his shoulders and put them on the top seed from New Rochelle, who simply could not match Levine’s shot-making ability. Levine went on to defeat Court 6-4, 6-2, avenging last year’s loss and capturing his first ever state championship.

This season might be what you call the perfect season for Levine, as he along, with his team from Cold Spring Harbor, went undefeated for the season. Levine also won the Nassau County tournament in late May. Then, he and his teammates went on to capture the Nassau County championship, as well as the Long Island Championship for a fourth consecutive year. To top it all off, Levine brought home the New York State Title this past Saturday, capping off his flawless season. One can only imagine if Levine can be a repeat champion next season as he heads into his senior year at Cold Spring Harbor, but for now, Levine will enjoy his success, letting all his accomplishments of this season sink in.

David Drucker

<p>David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men's Tennis team. &nbsp;</p>