Lakewood OH

Rangers win West Shore Conference championship

The Lakewood High School boys tennis program won the West Shore Conference championship in the Rangers' first year competing in the league. Pictured front row (L-R): Jon Pizzo, Sam Baker, Zeke Dalisky, Harold Ramazani and Irfan Khan; second row (L-R): Colin Levis, Avery Satayathum, Tom Ebner, Tom Wozniakowski, Silvio Islamaj and Alex Northrop; third row (L-R): Frank Figueiredo, Chris Brinich, Aaron Swartz, Dan Mezin, Alex Grunder, James Dilzell and Chris Richardson; back row (L-R): Devon Chodzin, Alex Figueroa, Nick Guerin, Matt Carlson, Grant Senger, Andrew Gordon and head coach Christopher Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Lakewood High School)

By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Lakewood High School boys tennis team finished off one of its finest years in the past half a century by beating Rocky River 3-2, and claiming the West Shore Conference title outright, in the school’s first year in the league.
Seniors Chris Brinich and Dan Mezin won in straight sets at second and third singles, respectively. The second doubles team of senior Matt Carlson and junior Colin Levis dominated from start to finish in their straight set win. The Rangers finished unbeaten in the WSC (6-0), and completed their regular season with a 13-4 record.
“They have worked very hard and are all super students, as they all have GPA’s near 4.0,” Rangers head coach Christopher Johnson said. “They deserve some recognition for the accomplishments and for the tremendous sportsmanship they displayed all season long.”
Chris Richardson finished with a record of 15-7 at first singles. He had a record of 3-3 in the WSC and finished third at the league tournament. Brinich was 20-3 and 6-0 in the WSC at second singles, however, he finished third at the league tournament. Mezin is 14-7, 6-0 in the WSC at third singles. He was the champion at third singles in the league tournament. At first doubles, Frank Figueiredo and Alex Northrop finished with a record of 6-5 and 4-2 in the WSC. They finished third at the league tournament. Levis and Carlson are 7-2 and 6-0 in the WSC at second doubles.
“I am looking forward to sectionals,” Johnson said. “I am teaming up Chris Richardson and Chris Brinich at doubles, and I think they can perform very well together.”



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