BOYS TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
JOHN CORVI and BRADLEY NOYES
St. John's Prep ,Senior & Sophomore
Any championship caliber team needs a go-to performer.
St. John's Prep had two this season in No. 1 doubles pairing John Corvi and Bradley Noyes, who were undefeated until the Division 1 North final to help pace the Eagles to their first North championship since 2002.
The pair finished the year at 19-2.
"They complemented each other well," Eagles coach Mark Metropolis said. "John was a power player and Brad was a finesse player with great net skills. They were just both very talented; both of them could have played singles for any team."
The success of Corvi and Noyes was fundamental to the Eagles' success, as they didn't have the same level of top-tier talent that Metropolis had had on previous championship squads. But with a nearly automatic point from No. 1 doubles, the Eagles were able to capitalize on their depth en route to a storybook season.
"With certain teams that we were playing, it was important that we won at the bottom of the lineup," Metropolis said. "We had to get those points."
The duo also enjoyed great success in the state indivual tournament, cruising to a Div. 1 North championship without dropping a set.
Noyes, a Marblehead-born sophomore, will have to fare without Corvi next season, who graduated St. John's with a 3.9 GPA and will attend Northeastern in the fall.
While the future for the Eagles may be uncertain, the duo can relish the fact that their performance led a storied franchise to heights it hadn't reached in nearly a decade.
"You have to be deep in order to win a championship," Metropolis said. "That's what they gave us."
Singles and Doubles
Brewster was a jack-of-all-trades for Beverly, earning a spot as a first team NEC all-star after playing at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles ... Posted a 10-4 individual record for the Panthers,who won only five of 15 matches as a team ... Junior carries a 3.5 GPA and lists his straight-set win at No. 2 doubles against Winthrop as his season highlight ... Lists Beverly head coach Devin Carr as a great motivational influence for him.
Anchored Salem at No. 1 doubles with partner Max Covitz ... First-team NEC all-star and co-MVP for Salem High ... Finished season with a 12-3 record and lists his and Covitz's victory over Gloucester as his favorite moment of the season ... Senior will attend UMass Amherst after graduating with a 3.82 GPA ... Credits Salem head coach John Robinson as pivotal to his personal success.
The senior earned a spot as a First Team NEC all-star at No. 1 doubles with partner Tyler Madden ... Co-MVP for Salem High ... Finished the season with a record of 12-3 ... Will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall ... Lists a victory over Gloucester as his season highlight ... Credits Salem head coach John Robinson for emphasizing the importance of the mental side of the sport.
The 5-foot-5 freshman posted an impressive 19-1 record at No. 1 singles for the Falcons ... MVP of Northeastern Conference North, as well as team MVP ... First team NEC all-star ... Carries an A average after his first year at Danvers High ... Credits Danvers coach Ken Rawson and personal tennis coach Francisco Montoya as the biggest influences on his career.
Helped Hamilton-Wenham reach Division 3 North semifinals with 11-3 individual record at No. 1 singles ... Junior was named a Cape Ann League all-star ... Reached third round of state individual tournament ... Win in Div. 3 North quarterfinal against Manchester-Essex was his favorite moment of the year ... Holds a 4.19 GPA ... Credits his brother David, who introduced him to the sport, for his athletic success.
Senior captain posted a 15-1 record at No. 2 singles for the Generals ... Lists three-set victory over Pentucket's Pat Dahn as his best personal moment of the year ... Graduated with a 3.8 GPA ... Will attend Northeastern University in the fall ... Thanks his parents for their unwavering support of his athletic pursuits.
Junior led the way for Peabody all season at No. 1 singles ... Posted a 10-3 record, including a three-set victory against Marblehead ... Honorable mention Northeastern Conference all-star ... Tanners' team MVP ... Boasts a 3.7 GPA ... Lists the support of his parents as his biggest athletic influence.
Sophomore earned First Team NEC all-star honors at No. 1 doubles with partner Josh Lunder ... Posted 14-3 individual record on the season to help Swampscott to the same exact same record ... Notes wins over Marblehead and Bishop Fenwick as the most memorable individual performances ... Will captain the Big Blue in 2012 ... Credits his grandfather, whom he's still never beaten in a match, for introducing him to tennis.
Senior captain had a season to remember at No. 1 doubles for the Big Blue ... Finished season at 14-3 with partner Sam Crimmins ... First-team NEC all-star ... Lists three-set victory against Marblehead as his best individual performance this spring ... Graduated with an A average and will attend Syracuse University in the fall ... Credits his parents for pushing him to succeed both athletically and academically.
St. John's Prep, Senior
Senior helped St. John's Prep win its first Division 1 North title since 2002 ... Lost just once all season at No. 2 doubles with partner Mark Corvi ... Division 1 North champion at No. 2 doubles ... Won the team's Coaches Award ... Will attend Regis College in the fall ... Lists his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career.
St. John's Prep, Sophomore
The 5-foot-11 sophomore finished the year at 20-1 at third singles to help St. John's Prep win its first Division 1 North title since 2002 ... Knocked off top-seeded player in individual state tournament, 7-6, 6-2 ... Carries a 4.5 GPA and hopes to play college tennis for a Division 1 program ... Credits his parents and coaches for pushing him to the level he's reached today.
St. John's Prep, Junior
The 6-foot-1 junior lost only once at No. 2 doubles with partner Michael Beluch to help St. John's Prep advance into the state semifinals ... Went undefeated during the regular season ... Only loss came against Needham in state semifinals ... Carries a 3.88 grade point average ... Older brother, John Corvi, also competed for the Eagles.
Senior compiled a 10-3 record at No. 1 doubles with fellow all-star Ryan Dempsey ... Co-team MVP and NEC all-star ... Will attend High Point University in North Carolina in the fall ... Lists a three-set victory against Swampscott as his favorite moment of the season ... Credits his parents for "dragging him" to Marblehead's Eastern Yacht Club to practice while he was growing up.
Senior was named co-team MVP and NEC all-star with partner Ryan Dempsey at No. 1 doubles ... Finished conference play undefeated ... Favorite moment of the year was win over Pentucket ... Will attend the Tilton School in the fall as a post-graduate student ... Plans to play hockey at Tilton after leading Marblehead to its first state hockey title this past winter ... Credits his parents for their support of his athletic pursuits.
SALEM: Jorge Barzola, Sr., No. 1 singles; Kevin Lam, Jr., No. 3 singles.
DANVERS: Gabe Ochonski, Soph. No. 2 singles.
HAMILTON-WENHAM: Trip McLane, Sr. No. 3 singles.
PEABODY: Mike Warren, Fr., No. 2 singles.
SWAMPSCOTT: Matt Jacobs, 7th grade, No. 1 singles; Val Temin, Soph. No. 2 singles.
IPSWICH: Michael Trine-Robie, Soph., No. 2 singles.
PINGREE: Timothy Knowles, Sr., No. 1 singles; Jeff Knowles/Sam Cregg, Jrs., No. 1 doubles.
MARBLEHEAD: Peter Jackson/Sean Jackson, Srs., No. 1 doubles; Chris Wigglesworth, Fr. No. 1 singles.
MASCONOMET: Cam Netland, Fr., No. 2 singles; Jack Roscoe, Fr., No. 2 singles.