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Player of the year
Michael Beiler, Dunedin, Sr.
Why we picked him: One of the veterans on a tennis scene dominated by underclassmen, Beiler used his experience to roll through the regular season undefeated and went on to win his third straight district title at No. 1 singles. But his biggest breakthrough came at state, where he ended years of frustration by advancing to the final.
Most impressive accomplishment: After breezing through districts, Beiler survived a tough match in the Class 2A state semifinals, winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to get to his first state championship match.
Did you know? Beiler is ranked the 36th-best player in the state and is a three-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net.
What’s next: Beiler will continue to play in tournaments this summer before competing for Florida Gulf Coast.
Garrett Betsarakis, Shorecrest, Sr.: Lost in No. 1 singles final at Class A state tournament.
Edward Corty, St. Petersburg, Sr.: Won district title at No. 1 singles and advanced to semifinals at state.
Ganesh Rajaram, East Lake, Fr.: Beat Corty in the regular season before losing in the rematch at districts in No. 1 singles.
Alex Saltiel, Shorecrest, Sr.: Teamed with Betsarakis to advance to No. 1 doubles final at state.
Ricky Symanski, Clearwater Central Catholic, Sr.: Former district champ gave Betsarakis one of his toughest matches.
Robert Dvorak, St. Petersburg, Jr.
Nathan Lord, Palm Harbor University, Jr.
Jordan Monosky, Countryside, Fr.
Dylan Sleszynski, St. Petersburg, Jr.
David Teytelbaum, Palm Harbor University, So.
Boca Ciega: Dustin Green, Steven Hollis; Canterbury: Garrett Gatlin; Clearwater: David Hopp; Clearwater Central Catholic: Kyle Curinga, Andreas Lazaro; Countryside: Jordan St. John; Dixie Hollins: Dhavel Patel; East Lake: Aaron Vanhorenbeck, Robert Tabanguil; Lakewood: Julian Haerle, Trong Du; Largo: Brent Babista, Steven Higginbotham; Northeast: Jason Gramlich; Northside Christian: Skylar Fanning; Osceola: Trey Gleim, Jamil Morris; Palm Harbor University: Brian Bell, Eric Everett, Greg Perenich, Brandon Murphy, Jack Whitaker; St. Petersburg: Kyle Bulleit, Mike Giradi, Matt Kopelman; Seminole: Zev Mandelker, Curtis Wilmer; Shorecrest: Brendan East, Logan Elder, Nicholas Litsky
Coach of the year
Matt Litsky, Shorecrest: After years of coming up short, Litsky led the Chargers to a runnerup finish at the Class A state meet, the best finish in school history.
Player of the year
Angel Deng, Countryside, Fr.
Why we picked her: One of many freshmen who brought new life to girls tennis, Deng was dominant in her debut, staying undefeated at No. 1 singles until she reached the region final. She advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament and teamed with Alex Kitchen to reach the state semifinals in No. 1 doubles.
Most impressive accomplishment: Deng felt sick during the state quarterfinals but had the wherewithal to pull through in a 7-6, 5-7, 6-0 victory. But she had to play an hour later and didn’t have much left for the semifinals, falling 6-3, 6-3.
Did you know? Deng has rocketed up the rankings and is now the 20th best player in the state according to tennisrecruiting.net. She is already getting interest from schools such as Florida, Georgia, Harvard and Stanford.
What’s next: The four-star recruit will continue to play this summer in USTA events.
Emily Dvorak, St. Petersburg, Sr.: Tulane recruit lost at No. 1 singles to Deng in the district finals.
Alex Kitchen, Countryside, So.: Paired with Deng to reach the state semifinals at No. 1 doubles.
Kelly Taylor, Largo, Fr.: Her play was a big reason Packers won first district and region titles.
Julia Sikorski, Seminole, Jr.: Dominant at No. 1 singles before an injury forced her to drop out of districts.
Jade Smith, Osceola, Fr.: Advanced to state semifinals at No. 1 singles and qualified for state in No. 1 doubles with twin Jayla.
Kim Herrock, East Lake, Fr.
Rebecca Bodine, East Lake, Sr.
Kathryn Komarnicki, Shorecrest, So.
Taylor Kreis, Canterbury, So.
Jayla Smith, Osceola, Fr.
Boca Ciega: Megan Colwell, Lindsay Lambert; Canterbury: Patty Marsa; Clearwater: Amber Schrock; Clearwater Central Catholic: Joaette Amundaray, Meredith Reagin; Countryside: Samantha Azadian, Natalie Boruk, Diana Dobai; Dixie Hollins: Tierra Watkins; Dunedin: Jabilayh Asante, Kelsey Harrison; East Lake: Christy Dunham, Raquel Moya, Laura Ospina; Largo: Gabi Emery, Megan Lauser, Artemis Makris, Lisa Rickards; Northeast: Alexa Burrows; Northide Christian: Victoria Bans; Osceola: Jessica Schroeder, Nicole Powers; Palm Harbor University: Carina Gobes, Rachel Newsome, Sarah Wall; St. Petersburg: Gabi Garcia, Melanie Gray, Emily Hays, Christie Murray; Seminole: Tara-Lynn Carey, Cailynn Madsen, Erica Scaglione; Shorecrest: Holley Bulleit, Halee Moore, Savana Roy, Evie Sobczak
Coach of the year
Mike Pease, Largo: Guided a young team to the best season in school history with first-ever district and region team titles and a fourth-place finish at state.