Player of the Year
Colin Roller, So., Land O'Lakes
Roller, who recently picked up his learner's permit to drive, went undefeated until his loss in the opening round of the state tournament to Bayshore's Tianyu Bao 6-4, 6-3. That 15-1 record was part of Roller's second consecutive season winning the district title and claiming the Sunshine Athletic Conference's top player honor.
Most impressive accomplishment: Roller helped guide the Gators to a Class 2A state berth. Individually, he did it with impressive play, highlighted by a head-to-head victory against Hernando's previously undefeated Chris Nyholm in the first region round, helping Land O'Lakes to a 5-0 victory. Throughout the season, he teamed with Chris Story to form the North Suncoast's most potent doubles team.
Future plans: Roller still has his eyes on defending the district crown, but after the Gators were shut out at state he will surely be focused on trying to make an impact there as a junior.
Did you know? His father won a national championship in football and his mother won a state championship in basketball. His father, Bob, played linebacker for Division III Widner University (Penn.) in the 1980s. His mother, Felicia, was the starting point guard as a sophomore for York Catholic (Penn.) High when it won state.
|Chris Nyholm, Sr., Hernando||Successful return to state after a one-year hiatus from high school tennis|
|Spencer Ong, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch||Bulls' top player helped lead team to second region round|
|Yuya Burkhart, Sr., Wesley Chapel||Wildcats' No. 1 helped guide team to a region berth|
|Chris Story, Sr., Land O'Lakes||The Gators' No. 2 and Roller's right-hand man in doubles play|
|Viroath Danh, Jr., Gulf||Among the North Suncoast's elite at No. 1 singles|
David Cross, Jr., Nature Coast
Eric Rivas, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch
Cameron Roth, Sr., Wesley Chapel
Tyler Schwefringhaus, Jr., Nature Coast
Jordin Williams, Sr., Hernando
T.J. Armstrong, Sr., Central
Landon Burstiner, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch
Victor Cao, Fr., Gulf
Salman Dewji, Sr., Wesley Chapel
Tim Falcon, Sr., Land O'Lakes
Dan Helfrich, So., Wiregrass Ranch
Jordan Jones, Sr., Hudson
Zenon Kouts, So., Nature Coast
Andrew Lund, Jr. Nature Coast
Brian Mills, Sr., River Ridge
Swayze Page, So., Mitchell
Coach of the Year
|Dave Wilson, Wiregrass Ranch||Wilson took an almost completely revamped team and guided the Bulls to the second region round.|
Co-Players of the Year
Elizabeth Means, Jr., and Sarah Means, So., Wiregrass Ranch
The reputation of the Means sisters preceded them this season, and they delivered in the end. Together, the girls formed the most dominant duo on the North Suncoast, winning the overall doubles Class 3A state title in their first season with the Bulls. The sister combo flourished in North Suncoast action, finding their most challenging matches against River Ridge. In the end, the Bulls avenged a district tournament loss and, led by the Means sisters, earned Wiregrass Ranch's first state berth.
Most impressive accomplishment: Elizabeth Means won a state title at No. 2 singles, defeating Baron Collier's Leslie Raymond 6-0, 6-3 in team competition. Sarah Means fell to Gibbs' Alilah James 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in the final of the No. 1 singles team competition. The Means sisters then won the Class 3A No. 1 doubles title against Baron Collier's Lindsey and Leslie Raymond 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) before taking the overall doubles title. They defeated Chamberlain's Nicole Mera and McKenzie O'Brien 6-2, 6-4.
Future plans: The girls said recently that they were not sure if they would play high school tennis in 2011. Scheduling conflicts were one reason they did not play in 2009. However, they hope to continue to play tennis for a long time and would one day welcome the idea of playing at the collegiate or professional levels.
Did you know? The Means are two of four sisters, and part of a military family last living in Washington D.C. The girls were once featured in a National Public Radio piece, and they have taken part in other sports such as fencing, taekwondo and soccer.
|Nicola Wellman, Jr., River Ridge||Royal Knight's No. 1 earned singles berth to state|
|Sarah Vandeberg, So., Zephyrhills||Guided the Bulldogs into region and secured a state doubles berth|
|Alison Steiner, Sr., Hernando||Reached second round of state tournament|
|Tijana Subotic, Jr., River Ridge||Royal Knights' No. 2, who helped claim district title|
|Chelsea Smith, Sr., Zephyrhills||Teamed with Vandeberg to reach second day of doubles at state|
Delanie McCabe, Nature Coast
Mallorie Pickersgill, Nature Coast
Hannah Still, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch
Clarisa Vulpe, Sr., Wesley Chapel
Angela Wellman, Fr., River Ridge
Carly Buhr, So., Sunlake
Jordyn Garcia, Jr., River Ridge
Miranda Gillespie, Sr., Gulf
Linsey Hoskins, Sr., Mitchell
Taylor Laroue, Jr., River Ridge
Brittany Wert, Central
Coach of the Year
|Doug Howery, River Ridge||The Royal Knights avenged a regular-season loss to Wiregrass Ranch to win the district title on their homecourt. Of course, the Bulls ultimately knocked River Ridge out of the second region round, but not before Royal Knights' No. 1 Nicola Wellman was forced to retire with a health issue winning on Court 1 with River Ridge leading the match.|