For the third straight season Cold Spring Harbor (Nassau Champion) took on Half Hollow Hills (Suffolk Champion) for the Boys Tennis High School Championship, and for the third straight year, CSH prevailed. This time, it was a 5-2 match victory for CSH which gave the Seahawks their fifth straight Long Island Championship.
Cold Spring Harbor was led by their singles players as all four were victorious. Two-time State Champion Josh Levine, fresh off winning the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championship, defeated Zain Ali at first singles 6-2, 6-2. After the match Levine said, "I served well, but I didn't play my best. I missed easy shots but I stuck with it and came out with the victory."
Also winning in straight sets were Jon Paris (third singles) and Conor Mullins (fourth singles) who combined to lose only one game in four sets. Second singles player Conor Dauer had some trouble dropping the first set 3-6 to Kyle Alper, before coming back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
The two wins by Half Hollow Hills came at first and second doubles where both teams (Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp and Jeff Cherkin & Roger Cheng) won in straight sets. Third singles ended up being the clinching match for CSH, and their pair of Tim Schneir & Sean Mullins fought back from a set down to guarantee the victory for CSH. Schneir & Mullins dropped the first set 4-6 to Eric Teplitz & Ross Reiffman of HHHE, but then took control in the remaining two sets, winning 6-2, 6-3. After the clinching victory, Schneir was speechless but Mullins said, "If you combine the camaraderie of the team with the seniors and even the 8th grader, you get a big bowl of vegetable stew. Carrots, corn and celery. Everything is mixed together perfectly; and that is CSH Varsity Tennis."
Not your typical analogy, but after five straight LI Championships who's to argue.
CSH Coach Paul Poschman summed up the victory by saying, "Each championship is unique and special."
2012 Boys High School Long Island Championship
Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds vs. Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks
►Josh Levine (CSH) defeated Zain Ali (HHHE) 6-2, 6-2
►Conor Dauer (CSH) defeated Kyle Alper (HHHE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
►Jonathan Paris (CSH) defeated Alec Tuckey (HHHE), 6-1, 6-0
►Conor Mullins (CSH) defeated Travis Leaf (HHHE) 6-0, 6-0
►Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp (HHHE) defeated Nick Stammatos & Eli Rieders (CSH) 6-1, 6-2
►Jeff Cherkin & Roger Cheng (HHHE) defeated Brett Titcomb & Alex Fontini (CSH) 6-3, 6-1
►Tim Schneir & Sean Mullins (CSH) defeated Eric Teplitz & Ross Reiffman (HHHE) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3