There was plenty of strong tennis play from the boys side this season, and the five players that make our All-Herald Boys Tennis Team represent some of the best the region, if not the state.
Berlin’s Jon Trevethan continued his rise as the area’s top singles player. As hard as it was, he turned in an even better junior season as he did as a sophomore. Trevethan rolled through his competition, finishing the regular season undefeated at 24-0 and captured the Class M state championship. He also reached the second round of the State Open. Trevethan’s stellar play earned his both all-conference and All-State recognition for the second consecutive year.
A strong student in the classroom, Trevethan came away with the Academic Achievement Award. Although he still has a season to go, the standout is looking at Nichols College and Sacred Heart University.
His teammate, Thomas Fijalkowski, the Redcoats No. 2 singles player, had a strong senior season. Fijalkowski qualified for the Class M tournament and earned all-CCC recognition. He will be tough to replace next spring.
After a slow start, Newington rounded out its regular season on a strong note thanks to the play of its singles players, particularly Sean Davis and Ben Arora.
Davis moved up to the Indians’ No. 1 singles spot this season and more than held his own, earning not only an all-conference selection, but was the team’s MVP as well. The junior was also recognized for his strong ability in the classroom, as he was named academic all-CCC. Expect Davis to only get better heading into his senior season.
Arora was Newington’s No. 3 singles player this season and turned in a strong senior campaign. The Indians captain qualified for the Class L tournament and earned both all-conference and academic all-conference selections. Arora is also strong in the classroom. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar. He will be attending UConn, where he plans on playing club tennis.
New Britain’s Ali Saleh is the final member of our team. The senior started playing tennis just two years ago and ended his final high school season with an all-CCC selection. Saleh also qualified for the Class LL tournament and will be difficult to replace for a program that is still growing.
With so many local players making the postseason, the five on this list represent the best of the best in the area.
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or firstname.lastname@example.org