Over the weekend, John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights played host to the IHSA State Finals Boys Tennis tournament, which featured the Lake Forest Scouts, the Warren High School Sectional Champion, and a slate of the other top tennis talent in the state of Illinois.
Over the course of the 3-day tournament, the doubles teams of Daniel Beedle and Jack Pasquella and Jack Armstrong and Connor Polender competed alongside singles players Will Zordani and Oleksi Vyshyvanyuk.
As for the singles tournament, Zordani finished in the top 20 overall, bowing out to Tytus Metzler of Auburn H.S. in Rockford (0-6, 1-6) in the second round. Vyshyvanyuk also finished in the top 25. The sophomore won his first match over Varun Menon of Rockton-Hononegah without losing a game before falling to Notre Dame’s Nick Hebda (1-6, 0-6).
In the doubles tournament, the duo of Jack Armstrong and Connor Polender made it all the way to the state semifinals before falling to Edwardsville’s Alex Gray and Zach Trimpe (1-6, 1-6). In the third place match, Armstrong and Polender rebounded in a gutty, 3-set victory over Glenbrook South’s tandem of Sabastien DesRoberts and Rohan Gupta (3-6, 6-2, 7-5). Daniel Beedle and Jack Pasquella bowed out to the same doubles team that Armstrong and Polender eventually beat, earning a revenge victory for the Scouts’ team.
The Scouts’ individual successes contributed to a great team finish as Lake Forest secured a fourth place finish overall, trailing only Naperville Central, New Trier, and Hinsdale Central in the tournament standings.
The 2017 season marks Lake Forest High School’s first state trophy in Boys Tennis since the 2014 season, when Coach Corky Leighton led the Scouts to back-to-back-to-back trophies in ’12, ’13, and ’14. The Scouts have 3 team state championships earned in ’86, ’03, and ’04. Congratulations to the Lake Forest High School Varsity Boys Tennis team on an outstanding season.