It’s been a while since I did a posting on local junior tournament players. This time I will go over nationally ranked juniors from the Northern Region.
As always, I start off with the Boys 12’s where we have 63rd ranked Ronan Jachuck from Slingerlands, Max Benson (Albany, ranked 87th) and Conners O’Brien from Rensselaer who is ranked 784th. The Boys 12 and Under age group is where the Northern Region has it’s strongest showing with 2 players in the top 100 nationally. In the Girls 12’s we have Elise Wagle who is 741st but Elise just turned 9 in September, so expect to see her ranking improve as she plays more 12 and under tournaments.
In the Boys 14’s Michael Haelen (New Baltimore) is 645th, while Jason Tang (Niskayuna – 1540) and Michael Zhu (Guilderland – 1543) are also ranked. The Girls 14’s is all Niskayuna. Nisha Detchprohm is ranked 1241st and Lesley Santos is ranked 1491st.
We only have Girls in the 16’s. As a matter of fact, it’s all Girls Sectional Finalists with Scotia’s Claire Schmitz ranked 482nd and Albany’s Shannon Mukerji ranked 1168th. Shannon (Shaker) won the Section 2 High School Tennis Championship by beating Claire (Emma Willard). Claire is also ranked 1707 nationally in the Girls 18’s while last years Section 2 Champion – Cat Crummey of Shaker (currently at U Albany) is ranked 1643rd. Mitali Das of Loudonville, another Emma Willard girl is ranked 1889th.
The Boys 12 and unders may be the age group where we have the most top 100 players, but the Boys 18 and unders is where we have the most ranked players. Of course the best place to start is with the Van Cott’s from Unadilla. Alex is 59th in the country, while Ian is 218th. Jake Crawford of Clinton was 1661st. The Junior New York Buzz junior team tennis team was well represented. In addition to Claire Schmitz and Mitali Das – mentioned above – Emerson Kelby (Oneonta -1708th); Rohine Bose (Slingerlands – 1799th); Josh Jachuck (Slingerlands – 2068th) and Rob Schmitz (Scotia- 2164th) are also ranked. Jake is playing for University Of Chicago, Josh is playing for Rochester and Rob is playing for Saint Lawrence University – all Division 3 colleges. More on these players in the article below. Niskayuna also had 2 players with national rankings. Erwin Lin is 2020th while Brendan Service is 2019th.
I hope for continued success on the court for all of our players whether it’s USTA tournaments or College tennis.