| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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As the cold weather turns warmer and the sun stays out just a little bit longer each day, the boys’ high school tennis season on Long Island has arrived. The teams in Suffolk County are a couple of weeks into their seasons, while Nassau County got underway on Monday afternoon.

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Syosset, The defending county and Long Island champions, opened up its title defense with a narrow 4-3 road victory over Jericho. The second doubles tandem of Josh Elenwitz and senior co-captain Miles Capell defeated Steve Lee and Pranay Nair to clinch the win.

In another tightly-contested Conference I battle, Cold Spring Harbor edged Hewlett 4-3. Sam Schneider and Jack Warren came back from a set down to win 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1 at fourth doubles in the match-sealing victory for Cold Spring Harbor.

The South Side Cyclones swept all seven courts in a 7-0 victory over Lynbrook. Captain Justin Seplowe notched a 6-3, 6-2 win at first singles, while Dino Dervovic and Cole Cornell were 7-5, 6-1 winners at first doubles. Up next for South Side will be Massapequa, who won a close 4-3 match against Oceanside on Monday.

The Chiefs were led by Alex Holden and Robert Cecala at second doubles as the duo came back to defeat Liam Fagan and Alex Utrecht 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the deciding match.

New Hyde Park ended last season on a 14-match losing streak, but got the 2019 season off to the right start on Monday, snapping that streak in a 7-0 defeat of Freeport.

Jordy Cavallaro won his first match at the varsity level for Carle Place, a first singles victory as he helped lead the Frogs to a 5-2 win over Bethpage. Brian Huang and Mike Boccuzzi helped the Carle Place effort with wins at second and third singles, respectively, while the doubles teams of James Wright and Nicholas Pascarella, and Karl Veigl and Mike Malanga, won their matches in straight sets.

Hicksville defeated Wantagh as it received wins in all three of the singles flights, including Om Mehta’s 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win over Mark Russo at third singles. Hicksville would take second and third doubles, while Wantagh won first and fourth doubles to round out the scoring.

Nicholas Trinh and Kerkens Pierre nailed down a 6-3, 6-4 first doubles victory against Hesler Reyes and Frank Aragon to lead West Hempstead to a 5-2 win over Hempstead.

Below are other scores from Monday:

►Wheatley 6, Locust Valley 1

►Plainview 6, Port Washington 1

►Valley Stream South 4, Calhoun 3

►Roslyn 6, Great Neck North 1

►Clarke 6, Oyster Bay 1

►Lawrence 5, Carey/Sewanhaka 2

►​Manhasset 6, Great Neck South 1

►​Bellmore JFK 6, Glen Cove 1

►Valley Stream Central 6, MacArthur 1