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July 14, 2014

Boys Tennis: Brilliant Broderick named MVP

It’s hard to believe that Ryan Broderick began his junior season playing No. 4 singles.

The recent Londonderry High grad eventually moved up to No. 2 singles last year and this year had a memorable season, making it to the state finals.

“He’d frustrate players,” said Lancer coach Janice Tracy. “He just gives it back.”

Never was that consistency more evident than in the state semifinals against Winnacunnet star Ross Kenney. Broderick’s 6-4, 7-5 win doesn’t immediately raise many eyebrows but the match lasted a stunning 3:23. What made it even sweeter was Kenney beat him in the state team match-up.

Those two will have plenty of time to discuss their high school rivalry as both will be playing at Colby-Sawyer next year.

Broderick went 14-0 in the regular season. Against Spaulding he nearly had a rare “golden match” as he lost only two points the entire match.

The four-year letterman was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year as well. In the fall, Broderick was the Lancers’ No. 3 golfer.

ANDREW IMRIE

Andover Freshman

MVC Large MVP. Clinched win over St. John’s Prep with clutch win at first singles. Went 11-2 on season. Made North Sectional individual quarterfinals. Started off as Andover’s No. 2 and moved up to No. 1. “He has very solid strokes, a great work ethic and a big serve,” said coach Mike Wartman. 6-footer. Former Little League baseball star opted for tennis. Talented violinist.

VARUN PENAMATSA

Andover Senior

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Went 9-3 overall between first and second singles. Tri-captain. Mentally tough. His three-set win clinched 3-2 win over Wellesley. Also rallied for three set wins against Marblehead and Westford. “He has a great demeanor on and off the court. I’ll miss him a lot,” said coach Mike Wartman. Brother Viraaj played at Andover. Will join him at Northeastern.

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