Beverly, MA – The Beverly Golf and Tennis Club hosted the Herb Schachter Memorial New England Junior Clay Court Level 5 championships July 16 – 19. Schachter passed away suddenly in August 2008 and was an instrumental and dedicated force behind USTA Junior tournament opportunities at the Nashua Swim and Tennis Club.
Semi Oloko was the winner of the girls’ 12s singles tournament. A resident of Norwood, MA, Semi attends Boston Trinity Academy. Semi won all of her matches in two sets and never lost more than three games in each set.
10 year old Magnus Johnson gave up a total of eight games on his way to earning the boys’ 12 singles championship. The Northampton, NH sixth-grader is home schooled.
Lyndell Giffenig of Salisbury, CT was the winner of the girls’ 14s singles. She attends Hotchkiss High School and enjoys playing softball in her free time.
Patrick Wyeth of Harwich, MA cruised through to the championship of the boys’ 14s single title. The 14 year old athlete also plays soccer, baseball and basketball and will be a freshman this fall at Cape Cod Academy.
Fifteen-year-old Hannah Dahlem of Avon, CT the winner of the girls’ 16s singles championship will be entering her sophomore year at Avon High School. This was her first win of a level 5 singles title.
Scott Rubenstein of Madison, CT was the winner of the boys’ 14s singles title in 2010 and this year he moved up an age bracket and won the boys’ 16s singles. Rubenstein attends Daniel Hand High School, where he played No. 1 singles as a freshman this past spring.
Girls’ 18s – Seventeen-year-old Alana Prinos, a soon-to-be-senior at Foxborough High School was the winner of the girls’ 18s singles title. This was Prinos’ first Level 5 win in the 18’ bracket. She gave up a total of only 14 games in eight sets to earn her title.
Prinos is a surname synonymous with tennis. Her father Peter coaches her high school team, where she has occupied the No.1 singles position since her freshman year. The oldest of four girls, all three of her sisters are avid tennis players. This past season marked the Warriors' first Hockomock girls’ tennis title in the school’s history.
A well-rounded young lady, Prinos ran cross country her past three years and is a member of the school’s student council. Prinos is planning on playing tennis in college and has been has been meeting with several Division 1 and Division 3 educational institutions.
Boys’ 18s – Easthampton, MA 17-year-old Drew Van Orderlain was the winner over his longtime rival James Barnhart. This marked Van Ordelain’s first Level 5 win in the 18s single title as well as his first victory over Barnhart. A solid athlete, Van Ordelain earned his victory in straight sets shortly after a three set win in the semis.
Drew Van Ordelain
Van Ordelain is home-schooled in conjunction with taking classes at a local community college. He trains under the guidance of the father and son teaching team of Art and Lex Carrington, where part of his fitness regimen includes frequent runs up Mount Tom.
Now focusing strictly on tennis, Van Orderlain is a talented athlete who grew up playing football, basketball, hockey and soccer. He hit the courts at a very young age and his father recalls when he first cleared the ball over the net two weeks after his second birthday.