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Boys tennis: 2012 Post-Tribune all-area team

Updated: December 28, 2012 6:24AM



First Team

Singles

Jack Heiniger

Munster Senior

Raves: There’s nothing like going out on top as a senior. The No. 1 player went undefeated locally and made it onto the first team all-state.

Ben Kalisch

Valparaiso Senior

Raves: A team captain in all aspects, the No. 1 player helped propel the Vikings to their second state appearance in three years. He was also on first-team all-state.

Michael Varda

LaPorte Sophomore

Raves: It wasn’t a big surprise that the top singles spot was a smooth transition for him. Coming off a strong freshman year, Varda helped the rebuilding Slicers with his success.

Doubles

Kelan Harish and Michael Kitchell

Munster Seniors

Raves: This tandem was one of a couple different options for the multi-faceted program. And in the path of being named to first team all-state list, they helped the Mustangs take home another regional trophy.

Peter Williams and Jared Folke

Valparaiso Senior and Junior

Raves: They helped the Vikings rebound from a disappointing finish in 2011 to make another appearance in Indianapolis. Along with being named to the first team all-district team, they helped Valparaiso win the Duneland Conference.

Second Team

Singles

Marty Pochop

Valparaiso Senior

Raves: A big reason that the Vikings have been so dangerous over these past three seasons is the No. 2 singles player who made second-team all-state.

Boris Pavlovski

Crown Point Junior

Raves: Transitioning into the top singles role didn’t come that hard for Pavlovski, who was an all-district team member and was clutch many times over for the sectional champs.

Colin Richter

Munster Junior

Raves: In his second full year of varsity action, he earned his keep on the area’s top team, often serving as a probable swing point. He was named to the all-district team.

Doubles

Carson Hoogewerf and Dominic Peretin

Crown Point Juniors

Raves: Strong high school teams often rely on viable chances at doubles. This pair fought through a number of wars from the No. 1 doubles spot to earn their position on the all-district team.

Drew Heinold and Lucas Jessen

Wheeler Seniors

Raves: Part of what makes Wheeler a big small-school threat is the flexibility of its lineup. This pairing, formed weeks into the season, is a prime example. They gelled quickly and earned a spot on the all-district team.

Honorable Mention

Singles — Jack Hibbard, Wheeler; Jeff McElfresh, Portage; Pat Mudd, Crown Point; Nygel Jackson, Merrillville; Eric Cender, Valparaiso; Miles Droege and Zach Liberatore, LaPorte (doubles)



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