2019 Salem News Boys Tennis Player of the Year
Declan O'Flynn certainly saved his best high school campaign for his last.
After dropping three matches last season, the gifted senior went a remarkable 18-0 in regular season matches this spring. It wasn't until he reached the MIAA North Individual semifinals before he was finally taken down.
O'Flynn's prowess on the court didn't go unnoticed either. The reigning Salem News Player of the Year and Tigers' captain was named the Cape Ann League's MVP at year's end. He also won the CAL Open with a gutsy comeback win against worthy rival Matt Nardone of Amesbury, and of course, O'Flynn was named team MVP.
Off the court, O'Flynn shines in the classroom, finishing high school with a 3.65 GPA. His tennis career isn't nearing an end any time soon either, as he'll compete in Division 1 next season at the College of the Holy Cross.
THE ALL STARS
First-time Salem News all-star went undefeated in Cape Ann League at second doubles and 16-2 overall ... Chosen as team MVP ... First team CAL all-star ... Also a basketball and soccer standout ... Helped Tigers beat Lynnfield for first time in years ... Will attend University of New Hampshire in fall.
St. John's Prep Senior
Eagles captain went 13-6 against stiff competition at No. 1 singles ... Helped team grab share of Catholic Conference title ... Chosen as Team MVP ... Year-round player credits his older brother and former Prep standout, Nicholas, as his biggest athletic influence ... Nearly upset MIAA South Individual champion Harry Collomb, falling in three sets ... Maintained a 4.2 GPA and will attend Ohio State in the fall.
First time Salem News all-star moved up to first singles and went solid 8-7 on year ... Chieftains' captain earned Masconomet boys tennis team award ... Nabbed a three set comeback win over tough Lynnfield opponent ... Also a strong soccer player ... Fantastic student was ranked first in graduating class and will attend Northeastern University to study engineering.
Third singles/Second doubles
Magicians' captain went undefeated in conference play in doubles action ... Recipient of team Coach's Award ... NEC All-Conference selection ... Marquee win came in first round of state tourney where he rallied from down a set and a break to top his Central Catholic opponent in three sets and give his team a 3-2 win to advance ... Owner of 3.86 GPA ... Will attend Boston University.
Big Blue captain made leap from third and second singles to the top slot this season ... Best performance was a three set win over Gloucester in his first match at first singles ... Repeat Salem News all-star ... Carries a 3.9 GPA ... Credits his former tennis captains as his biggest influences on and off the court.
Paired up with teammate Vittorio Marrioti to form one of top doubles squads in Northeastern Conference ... Named to the NEC all-conference team ... Strong server and net player ... Helped Magicians go 15-5 and lock up No. 5 seed in state tournament, topping Central Catholic in Round 1 ... Also spent some time playing singles ... A talented soccer player as well.
Talented player moved up to top singles slot this year and didn't miss a beat, going undefeated at 14-0 ... Team captain ... Chosen as Team MVP ... Selected as NEC South Player of the Year ... Made it all the way to the fourth round of the MIAA North Individual tournament ... Tremendous student carries 4.2 GPA and hopes to study chemical engineering in college ... Credits his uncle Mark Metropolis (tennis coach at St. John's Prep) as his biggest athletic influence.
Northeastern Conference All-Conference selection ... Went undefeated in conference play at No. 3 singles ... Considers Boston Celtics' guard Marcus Smart as biggest influence because "he never quits" ... Picked up big win over talented Winthrop player in a 3-hour match ... Carries 3.8 GPA and will attend Connecticut College in the fall.
Bishop Fenwick Sophomore
Repeat Salem News all-star is off to terrific start to high school career ... Team captain in second varsity season ... Went 14-5 at No. 1 singles ... Helped team compile 16-3 record and league title ... Team MVP ... Catholic Central League all-star ... Picked up a win in MIAA state individual tournament ... Owner of 4.2 GPA ... Hopes to play tennis in college.
Bishop Fenwick Sophomore
Made the jump from doubles to singles this year and shined with 17-2 record ... Catholic Central League all-star selection ... Strong student hopes to study computer programming and game development some day ... Helped Crusaders capture second straight conference title ...Considers father to be his biggest athletic influence.
First-time Salem News all-star went 11-4 at No. 2 singles slot this season ... One of most consistent players for young, inexperienced team ... Considers match against Gloucester to be top performance ... Would like to play football and/or tennis at college level ... Considers Tom Brady to be biggest influence.
St. John's Prep Senior
Eagles captain began year on a tear, going 11-0 without losing a set to begin season ... Helped squad beat rival BC High twice to grab Catholic Conference crown ... Owner of 3.8 GPA ... Made tremendous strides from junior to senior season and hopes to walk on to Fairfield University tennis team next season.
St. John's Prep Senior
Irreplaceable piece in lineup helped Eagles grab Catholic Conference league regular season title ... Versatile player competed at both the top doubles slot and third singles slot with similar success ... Grabbed a huge win at third singles against rival BC High in first match of year ... First-time Salem News all-star.
Peabody/Danvers 8th grader
One of two key pieces to last year's surprise Peabody/Danvers co-op squad was just as valuable his second varsity season ... Went unbeaten (14-0) at second singles after holding down first singles slot for much of last year ... Formed unbeatable one-two punch at top of lineup with teammate Alex Nadeau ... Northeastern Conference all-conference selection ... Already a 4-star recruit on TennisRecruiting.net ... Hopes to play Division 1 college tennis some day.
Teamed up with fellow Salem News all-star Jason Finkst to go unbeaten in CAL at No. 2 dubs slot ... Recipient of team MVP award for third time in high school career ... Carries a 3.68 GPA ... Thanks teammate Declan O'Flynn for teaching him the game and respect on and off the court.
Consistent performer went 11-3 in doubles action ... Selected as Cape Ann League all-star ... Helped Generals top CAL rival Ipswich in playoffs ... Will attend UMass Lowell in the fall ... Considers teammate Drew Willis as his biggest athletic influence.
Compiled a 15-3 overall record at top doubles slot ... Selected as a Cape Ann League all-star ... Helped Generals beat league rival Ipswich in Division 3 state tourney ... Thrives at the net ... Strong service game ... Maintained a 3.5 GPA and will attend Sacred Heart University.
Elevated his game to another level after earning Salem News all-star status a year ago ... Held down top singles slot with 8-6 record against stiff prep school competition ... Chosen as Team MVP ... Named to Eastern Independent League all-star team ... Helped Highlanders to New England semifinal match ... Carries 93/100 GPA and will attend Colby College to study economics.
Three-sport standout shined once again as Generals' top singles threat ... Dropped just four matches on the year against top competition ... Tremendous leader served as captain for tennis, football and basketball teams ... Versatile athlete used speed and finesse to track down balls and make things frustrating for year-round players ... Carried 3.45 GPA ... Will attend Williston Northhampton in the fall for a post grad year.
Went 9-4 overall and 6-2 in league play at No. 2 singles to form formidable one-two punch with teammate Chris Mellen ... Named to Eastern Independent League all-league team ... Received team Coach's Award ... Managed improbable 3-set comeback after trailing 6-3, 5-3 and 30-love against Concord Academy ... Strong student will attend University of Richmond in fall.
Beverly: Patrick Johnson, Soph.
Bishop Fenwick: Nick Park, Jr.
Hamilton-Wenham: Thor Messer, Sr.; Nick Greco, Jr.
Marblehead: Billy Ackerman, Sr.; Dan Litvak, Sr.; Jack Curran, Sr.; Vittorio Mariotti, Sr.; Jack Quigley, Sr.
Peabody/Danvers: Alex Chau, Sr.; Adam Ellington, 8th grade.
Pingree: Ashwin Ramanathan, Soph.; Sam Timms, Sr.; Daniel Bludin, Jr.
Salem: Joe Parr, Soph.
Swampscott: Tate Greenfield, Fr.
St. John's Prep: Hunter Wolters, Fr.; Brendan Ziegler, Sr.