December 18, 2014

Medina
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29°F
 

All-Gazette Boys Tennis team

Ethan Dunbar — Cloverleaf
Class: Sophomore. … Two-time Gazette MVP and Suburban League Tournament first singles champion. … Won second straight SL crown and conference MVP honors with 6-0, 6-0 rout of Barberton’s Bastain Kistenfeger. … Went undefeated in first 22 matches from April 1-May 16. …Finished third in singles at Solon Division I Sectional. … Reached quarterfinals at Rocky River District, falling one win shy of second consecutive trip to state tournament. … One of top players in Medina County history.
Colts coach Brenda Hewit on Dunbar: “Ethan had another great season, which is extra special because he’s a great kid from a real nice family. His footwork is his greatest strength on the court, and he’s only going to get better as he gets bigger and stronger. I’m looking forward to watching him for two more years.”

 

Parker Hewit — Cloverleaf
Class: Senior. … Suburban League Tournament second singles champion. … Claimed SLT title with 6-1, 6-3 victory over Green’s Mitch Plum. … Went 20-0 in regular season, including 10-0 in SL matches. … Undefeated in intracounty play for second year in row. … Helped Colts to SL co-championship with Green — their first-ever conference title in the sport. … Four-year letterwinner as singles player. … SLT second singles runner-up in 2007.
Colts teammate Ethan Dunbar on Hewit: “Parker can do everything on the court because of his athleticism. He moves around so well and he learns things fast. What makes him such a good player, though, is he is really strong mentally. One way or another, he’ll find a way to win matches.”

 

Jarred Gable — Cloverleaf
Class: Junior. … Suburban League Tournament third singles champion. … Captured SLT crown with 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tallmadge’s Joe Hadley. … Posted 19-1 record in regular season. … Undefeated in intracounty play for second year in row. … Helped Colts to SL co-championship with Green — their first-ever conference title in the sport. … Three-year letterwinner as singles player. … SLT third singles runner-up in 2007.
Colts teammate Ethan Dunbar on Gable: “Jarred was the most improved player out of everybody on the team. Even when things got tough, he believed he could win this year. It meant a lot knowing he and Parker (Hewit) were right there with me in all our matches.”

 

Andy Orens — Brunswick
Class: Senior. … Northeast Ohio Conference River Division Tournament first singles runner-up. … Came within one victory of qualifying for state tournament in doubles with Chris McNamara at Rocky River Division I District. … Duo finished third at Oberlin Sectional. … Posted team season-high seven straight victories from April 14-April 30.
Blue Devils coach Christina Mars on Orens: “Andy had an uphill battle as a junior in the first singles position. With hard work and solid determination, he had a great year (this spring). He’s a tenacious player, always looking to improve his game. I’ll miss him next year as he attends Baldwin-Wallace College. He’ll be playing tennis there, where I know his game will only get better.”

 

Chris McNamara — Brunswick
Class: Senior. …. Northeast Ohio Conference River Division Tournament second singles champion. … Came within one victory of qualifying for state tournament in doubles with Andy Orens at Rocky River Division I District. … Duo finished third at Oberlin Sectional. … Went 10-1 in NOC matches. … Lost just once this spring on home courts at Neura Park. … Helped Blue Devils win final Pioneer Conference Tournament in 2007.
Blue Devils coach Christina Mars on McNamara: “Chris had an exciting first varsity year as an undefeated second doubles player (in 2007). With hard work during the offseason, he was our second singles player this year. Chris had some tough matches, but he always pushed on. I’ll miss him next year as he attends the University of Akron.”

 

Lucas Walters — Medina
Class: Junior. … Claimed spirited preseason battle for Bees’ first singles spot and never relinquished it. … Reached semifinals in top singles bracket at Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Tournament. … Posted pair of three-match winning streaks. … Defeated All-Gazette selections Andy Orens of Brunswick and Michael Farver of Wadsworth. … Member of Medina’s state Division I champion cross country team.
Bees coach Alison Snook on Walters: “Lucas is a very hard working, determined player that gives his everything in each match he plays. He does a great job of staying focused and mentally tough, which is how he wins the close matches. Not only is Lucas a great all-around player, but he is a great team leader and helps to bring his team together, get them fired up and has fun doing it. He will be someone to look out for next year.”
 

Andy Fatu — Highland
Class: Senior. … Played first singles in all 20 matches for Hornets, going 4-1 against Medina County foes and 6-14 overall. … Placed seventh at Suburban League Tournament in top singles bracket. … Had three-match winning streak to open campaign, then ended regular season with two victories in row. … Defeated All-Gazette selection Michael Farver of Wadsworth twice. … Led Highland to sixth-place team finish at SLT.
Hornets coach Lisa Reynolds on Fatu: “Andy is a four-year letterwinner who began his high school career as a doubles player, and then made the transition into singles as a junior. He has a bomb of a serve and hits a heavy ball, often overpowering his opponent from the baseline.”

 

Michael Farver — Wadsworth
Class: Junior. … Initial season playing first singles for Grizzlies. … Had second-longest tournament run by Medina County individual — behind Gazette MVP Ethan Dunbar — at Solon Division I Sectional. … Finished eighth at Suburban League Tournament in first singles bracket. … Posted wins at Stow and Doylestown Chippewa. … Also had one first doubles victory with Alex Bach.
Grizzlies coach Jason Ball on Farver: “I am very impressed with how far he has come. As a freshman, he was basically a beginner. Two years later, he’s playing No. 1 for us. He has worked very hard, and he stayed positive this year despite playing some extremely tough competition. Michael was also our team captain and is a great role model for our underclassmen.”