Boys’ Tennis Reclaims Title After 9 Years

B Tennis 2010
The 2010 Tennis squad

The school’s 88th year was truly an historic one for our athletic teams. To put it into perspective, in 87 years the Bears had won three Long Island Championships and zero State Championships, but by the end of the winter season the total number of Long Island titles had doubled and the first state crown had been brought back to campus. 2009-2010 saw banners added to the walls of Swanson Gymnasium for 3 Long Island Championships, 4 County Championships, 2 League Championships, and the school’s first State Championship. Here is a recap of one of the teams that victoriously wore the blue and white.

At Stony Brook tennis is a big sport. It may attract less school spirit, fewer spectators, and considerably less publicity than any other competitive sport here. But nevertheless tennis is big.

~ July 1965 Stony Brook Bulletin

In 2001, the last time a boys’ tennis team won the league title, the words “hanging chad” were still on American’s lips and the price of gasoline was $1.52 a gallon. That’s why this year’s squad, which finished an undefeated 10-0, was such a wonderful surprise to watch as they piled up victory upon victory. Led by Anuraag Sah, Tyler Abrahamsen, Richie Armand, and David Poss, the boys tore through League VI with an unblemished record. Their winning ways began on April 13 with a 7-0 shutout of Port Jefferson, followed by wins over Miller Place (6-1), Sachem North (6-1), Bellport (6-1), Middle Country (7-0), and Port Jefferson (7-0) in quick succession. Standing at 8-0 in the league the Bears traveled to Miller Place for their last real test of the season. The Panthers proved worthy, but the Blue and White prevailed 4-3 before concluding their mission on May 5th with a 7-0 sweep of Sachem North. Their triumph is made all the more impressive by the fact that the Bears are by far the smallest team in League VI:

Sachem North2,249
Middle Country1,727
Miller Place965
Port Jefferson400
Stony Brook320


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