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Carcione, Levine Repeat as Best in Their States

June 12, 2012 10:38 AM
Boys tennis Ramapo’s Jonathan Carcione stands tall, repeats as best in state
Ramapo tennis coach Kim Marchese already was formulating the consolation speech he would give to Jonathan Carcione.
Carcione himself was just trying not to end his high school career with a "stupid shot."
Nearly three hours into his showdown with fellow unbeaten Thomas Caputo of Livingston and facing a double-match point in the third set, you really couldn’t blame either of them.
But then the Princeton-bound senior showed the skill and mental toughness that have made him the best player in New Jersey for the last two years by coming back to win the final four games of the match to shock Caputo, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, and win his second straight state boys singles championship.


Levine Captures Second Consecutive NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championship With Win Over Yaraghi

BY ADAM WOLFTHAL, Long Island Tennis Magazine

Day Three of the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships brought many hard-fought matches and great victories. Due to the poor weather of the weekend, the final matches were played indoors at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Defending NYSPHSAA Boys Singles Champion, Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor, drew fourth-seeded Taiya Hamanaka of Eastchester in the semifinals. This matchup looked to be a tough battle, as Hamanaka was yet to drop a set in the tournament, and came out swinging, taking the first set from Levine. Fighting his way back, Levine picked up the second set handily 6-1, and forced a third set, played as a 10-point super tie-breaker. After going down early, Levine fought back for a 10-8 victory and a spot in the finals to defend his title.


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