The boys’ tennis team at Point Loma High School finished undefeated in Eastern League play (12-0) to claim the championship. Overall, the Pointers finished 17-4.
Seeded No. 4 for CIF playoffs, the team lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Canyon Crest Academy 12-6.
Individually, junior Dominic Gareri, who finished 58-1 in season matches, was named Eastern League Athlete of the Year. He also defeated teammate Avery Cramer for the league singles championship by scores of 6-4 and 7-6 to claim his second consecutive league singles title.
Juniors Gareri, Cramer and Trenton Saunders joined senior Sabahudin Redzepovic on the All-League First Team.
In team awards, Gareri was named Most Valuable Player, Redzepovic was named Most Inspirational; Cramer earned honors for Best Sportsmanship, Saunders claimed the Most Improved title and Julio Bermudez and John Martinez were named Co-Rookies of the Year.
Mark Truver coaches the squad.
PLHS surfers win showdown, $1,000 prize
In surfing action, the PLHS team took home a $1,000 prize after a first-place finish in Division I of the first-ever Sun Diego High School Surf Team Showdown event at Seaside Reef in Cardiff.
Doing so involved knocking off two North County powers.
In the first round, the Pointers outscored Carlsbad High School by a 61-49.5 margin. Later, PLHS trounced Torrey Pines High School by a 60-53 score.
The event was sponsored by SPY Optics. Devon Howard, the company’s marketing director, noted “this event definitely spurred some new rivalries which will make next year’s showdown even more exciting.”
PLHS’ surfing coach is John Murphy.
Ex-PLHS hurler earns additional honors
The honors continue to pile up for Kellen Urbon.
The 2011 graduate of Point Loma High School was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, making him one of the best first-year collegiate players in the nation.
Urbon, used as a closing relief pitcher, led his Cornell team to the Ivy League championship and was a unanimous choice for All-Ivy League First Team and Rookie of the Year honors.
Ament earns baseball squad’s leadership award
Senior outfielder Ryan Ament was named as the 2012 recipient of the Coach Delgado Leadership Award at the Pointer baseball team’s annual banquet last week.
The award, named for longtime Pointer assistant coach Mike Delgado, honors a player who exhibits outstanding work ethic, continuous strong effort and constantly strives to improve his play.
Ament will play next year at Nyack College in New York.
While the varsity team elected not to present individual awards after its 7-22 season, the junior varsity team, under coach Kyle Harvey, won the Western League Championship (9-2 in league, 17-6 overall) and team members were honored for their athletic accomplishments.