The match started off downright ugly. It was sometimes hard to watch with service errors and all sorts of other mistakes by both teams. Then things took a welcomed turn to mildly interesting.
From there, however, it unexpectedly made a huge leap to absolutely captivating.
Jackie of Eastport.
That’s how high school girls tennis coaches refer to her. Jackie of Eastport. No last name needed. Anyone familiar with Suffolk County Division IV knows full well who Jackie of Eastport is.
That would be Jackie Bukzin, the Eastport-South Manor junior.
Like surprise gifts from the heavens, Rose Hayes and Sofia Anzalone were not expected, but there they were on the first day of preseason practice for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls tennis team. When coach Mike Clauberg saw the two United States Tennis Association-ranked players swing, he immediately realized the talent he had available to him.
“I drooled,” he said.
The Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls tennis team is living a charmed life. Not only do the Monarchs have six beautiful brand new courts, which were formally dedicated before their match on Wednesday, but they are now one win away from a second straight undefeated regular season.
The message coach Leif Shay had for his Riverhead High School football players following Saturday’s game was the same one he has conveyed throughout the season.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “For everything they have going against them, they come to practice and work hard every day.”
How fitting. Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School unveiled new tennis courts and in their first year playing on the Keith Goodale Memorial Tennis Courts, the Monarchs win a league championship. READ
Buffalo State standout Saśa Vann, formerly of Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, has been selected as a top 30 honoree for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. READ
Most high school cross-country coaches will talk about their top seven runners, the ones they are pinning their hopes on for a successful season.
Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Les Williams? He has exactly seven runners this fall.