Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
BOYS VARSITY TENNIS DISTRICT RUNNERS UP!
by Terry Martorana and Michelle Cohoon
In a season of surprises, the Varsity Boys Tennis team came through by 1 point over Indian Rocks Christian school to secure the runner up spot in District competition. The boys also had individual Championships in back to back years.
Calvary Christian school was the walk away winner for the boys but three schools were in the running for second place including Keswick Christian and Indian Rocks. A few losses at the end of the match helped IRC edge out Keswick – and Shorecrest edged out IRC by winning the championship at the #5 position.
The Chargers were beset with bad luck from the start. Number 1, Stefan Bilanovic ‘23 could not play at all due to illness so every starting player had to move up one spot. Thus, the players had to play a little tougher competition than they would have had to play with Stefan in the lineup. Additionally, number 4 player, Lucas A ‘27, became dehydrated and had to withdraw from the #1 doubles team, which was already compromised because Stefan could not play. Despite losing that point at number 1 doubles even though we were ahead 1 set to 0 when Lucas had to retire, we still placed second overall. Alex R ‘28 played at the 1 spot, collected a point in his first round before falling to the number 1 singles champion from Calvary. Then Misha Drunov ‘24 played number 2 for Shorecrest and collected a point in his first round. Sasa Bilanovic ‘25 made it to the finals in the number 3 position before falling to Calvary. Lucas, playing at the 4 in singles, was able to win his match and collect a point before becoming ill and retiring. Ryan Majeski ‘25 played at the 5 and made it all the way to the finals and won his flight.
The Chargers came home with a second place trophy with Sasa's win and a first place trophy with Ryan's win. The boys showed great determination in a difficult situation.
Coach Davis said this is the first time since 2016, when he took over the fledgling tennis program, that both the girls team and the boys team have had consecutive Championships and runners up finishes in Districts. It is also the second consecutive year both teams advanced to Regional competition. “It shows that the program we have built and the system we have in place at the JV level and Varsity level is beginning to produce the results we knew we could produce,” Coach Davis added. “It also helps to have exceptional coaches in place like Coach Tommy Del Zoppo, the girls Head Coach, and David Hodgson leading the Junior Varsity girls. We also have very dedicated parents who help both teams and assist the coaches in a wide variety of ways from helping to set up and take down tents, buying food and drinks and keeping track of scores at matches. It all amounts to great cooperation and teamwork! As they say, team work makes dreams work, and we are working toward a State Championship at some point in the not too distant future!”
They move on to Regional Semi-Finals.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast St Petersburg, FL 33703 Phone: (727) 522-2111 | Fax: (727) 527-4191 [Map]