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July 5, 2013

Boys Tennis All-Stars: Max repeats as MVP


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Boys Tennis All-Stars

Name School Year

Singles

Austin Bendetson Andover Sr.

Varun Penamatsa Andover Jr.

*Harrison Max Londonderry Sr.

Ryan Broderick Londonderry Jr.

Doubles

Danny Ryan Pentucket Sr.

Adam Chory Pentucket Jr.

David Hutchings Windham Sr.

Tyler Somen Windham Sr.

*Eagle-Tribune MVP

AUSTIN BENDETSON

Andover Senior

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Reached North Open Tourney quarterfinals. Two-time MVC Division 1 MVP. Two-year captain. Unbeaten in MVC last two years. “He has worked extremely hard on his game since before high school. He has an all-court game. He’s a student of the game,” said coach Mike Wartman. Top student. Will play at Tufts. His brother, Ross, was Phillips’ starting hockey goalie last winter.

VARUN PENAMATSA

Andover Junior

Two-time All-MVC. Went 8-0 in league and 12-3 overall. Played No. 2 singles last two years and No. 3 as a freshman. 6-foot-1. Captain-elect. Southpaw serves righthanded. When his Lowell opponent broke his racquet, Varun lent him his. “He’s worked really hard on his game. His serve is his big strength,” said coach Mike Wartman. His cousin, Mt. Greylock’s Rohan Shastri, won the state singles title.

RYAN BRODERICK

Londonderry Junior

Began season at No. 4 singles and moved up to No. 2. Went 15-2 in regular season and playoffs. Also had a 15-2 record at No. 2 doubles with Tim Court. “He’s incredibly crafty,” said coach Bill Knee. “He can find a weakness and punish a player. He’ll drag out a point until he wins it.” Also a varsity golfer. Represented Londonderry at DECA convention in Utah last year. Active with St. Mark’s Church.

DANNY RYAN and ADAM CHORY

Pentucket

Posted a 17-3 record. Won three matches to capture CAL Open. Won two matches in North Sectional Open. Ryan, who played baseball his first two years, was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year with Chris Adams. The National Honor Society student graduated 31st in a class of 180 and will attend UMass Amherst. The 6-1 Chory, a junior, is captain-elect in basketball and tennis. He’s ranked in the top 10 overall in his class.

DAVID HUTCHINGSand TYLER SOMEN

Windham

The two-year co-captains went 16-3 overall and advanced to the State Open quarterfinals. The 6-foot-1 Hutchings, who was home-schooled, played No. 1 singles and doubles all four years. He’s a member of the robotics team who’ll be attending UNH. Somen played No. 2 singles the last three years. He was the two-time ski team MVP. He’ll be studying actuarial science at Drake.

Londonderry’s Max repeats as MVP

He’s only about 5-4, 120 pounds, but Harrison Max backs down to no one.

He’s put together a terrific career including being named Eagle-Tribune MVP the last two years and being recruited to play at Division 1 Hartford.

After battling some early-season pain in his serving shoulder, Max advanced to the State Open singles quarterfinals and the doubles finals with Matt McKinney. He made the singles finals as a junior.

“He’s intuitively smart and has a lot of options available to him from hard-hitting placements to a soft touch,” said coach Bill Knee.

“He’ll play anyone, anywhere, anytime. He just loves the game.”

Max had to pay his dues behind former two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP Alex Burbine. He was No. 2 his first two years and assumed the No. 1 role at Londonderry and in the region the last two years.

Among the many highlights to his career was his clutch effort in the state finals freshman year to lead the Lancers to their first team title.

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Harrison Max, Londonderry; 2011: Alex Burbine, Londonderry; 2010: Philipp Becker, Salem; 2009: Alex Burbine, Londonderry; 2008: Alex Skinner, Haverhill/Brooks; 2006-07: Jeff Beaton, Pentucket; 2005: Michael Li, Andover/Phillips; 2002-04: Jason Sechrist, Central; 2001: Ty Esler, North Andover;

1999-00: Justin Slattery, Central; 1997-98: Dave Nelson, North Andover; 1996: Mike Stein, Andover; 1995: David Morse, Timberlane; 1994: Dan Queen, Andover; 1993: Eric Block, Andover; 1992: Paul Bernardin, Andover; 1991: Chris Chiang, Andover; 1990: Ian Hastings, Londonderry

Honorable Mention

Andover: Sebastien Boulas, Soph.; Drew Rooks, Frosh.; Arun Padykula, Jr.

Brooks: Nick Flannery, Sr.; Andrew Swapp, Jr.

Central Catholic: David Kitchen, Sr.; Owen O’Leary, Sr.

Fellowship: Nathan Sidman, 7th grade

Greater Lawrence: Freudi Gonzalez, Jr.; Jose Rivera, Jr.

Haverhill: Cameron Lynch, Frosh; Andrew D’Aoust, Soph.

Lawrence: Chen Chen, Soph.; Alex Cruz, Jr.

Londonderry: Matt McKinney, Jr.; Tim Court, Jr.

Methuen: Ben Crowninshield, Frosh.; Luis Martinez, Soph.

North Andover: Kyle White, Jr.; Alex Hammond, Sr.

North Reading: Kyle Harris, Jr.; Jack Maidment, Sr.

Pelham: Jared Labonte, Jr.

Pinkerton: Michael Thompson, Sr.; Patrick Doolittle, Sr.

Salem: Matt Descoteaux, Soph

Sanborn: Devin Michaud, Jr.; Ethan Johnson, Soph.

Windham: Steven Brandt, Jr.