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Beacon School Continues to Shine

June 23, 2011 01:51 PM
Quinton Vega
Christian Waldron
The Beacon High School boys’ tennis team continued its outstanding performance this year, winning its fourth straight Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Class A championship in May, and regaining the Mayor’s Cup -- the largest All-Scholastic Tennis Tournament in the country -- in June.
“I was proud of them on so many different levels,” said the team’s coach, Bayard Faithfull. “For me, the three things that distinguished this team were their incredible work ethic, their willingness to push and teach each other, and their ability to pick each other up.”
The team featured the experienced leadership of seniors Jeremy Schur and Quinton Vega, junior Christian Waldron, and three powerful freshmen: Lucas Pickering, Richard Sec and Win Smith. The seniors provided a great example for training and stretching before matches, said Faithfull, while the freshmen were hungry to improve and try to beat the older players. 
“The overall culture of the team is highly competitive,” said Faithfull, “but also supportive.”
That support came through clearly in April when the team tied for first in the New England/Mid-Atlantic (NEMA) tournament in Maryland-a tournament that brings together many of the best teams on the East Coast.
“We needed everyone to win in their last round,” said Faithfull. “Though they were exhausted, each and every player won in the last round and we were able to win a share of first place.”
For more information about the Beacon School and its tennis team, check out www.beaconschool.org.