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South Jersey Times young men tennis postseason praises, 2021

South Jersey Times young men tennis postseason praises, 2021

During his noteworthy tennis vocation at Clearview, Martin Lacsamana frequently discovered approaches to stand separated from the group with his play on the court.

However, his most prized recollections came from simply being part of the gang.

Applauding partners, messing with mentors, traveling to and fro to Williamstown or some other adversary with the remainder of the Pioneers — those are the occasions he relished the most, much more than his 69 profession wins and three Gloucester County Tournament titles.

“I play seriously so I don’t actually play with a group, which is the reason I generally anticipated secondary school tennis,” said Lacsamana, the South Jersey Times Player of the Year for 2021. “I adored the group fellowship. If you were to ask me my #1 minutes, it would need to be each and every time I was with my colleagues. I was honored to have truly entertaining colleagues and ones that coordinated with my energy. Practices were consistently fun, transport rides to games and back were magnificent. Those are most likely the best minutes, simply spending time with individuals I care about and playing tennis.”

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Kevin Hanrahan, a long-lasting educator at Clearview and a right hand for the young ladies tennis crew, turned into the lead trainer for the young men group this season. He had consistently found out about Lacsamana’s ability yet never had him in class, so he had never seen him play or even met him before this year.

He immediately came to understand that Lacsamana is the complete bundle: respects understudy, class president, remarkable player and dedicated partner.

“He’s an incredible understudy in the study hall, clearly — he’s going to Cal-Berkeley — he’s an extraordinary competitor and no one outworks him,” Hanrahan said. “In any case, what I didn’t realize until the year’s end is that this season was about the group part of things. Indeed, even toward the year’s end when he was going to states, he didn’t really think often about it. He had done the individual thing with all his USTA stuff, yet he was revealing to me that he truly delighted in going to sectionals and playing with the group. He was continually supporting his partners, even in the center of his match. He’s a genuine, genuine extraordinary competitor.”

Saying this doesn’t imply that he didn’t in any case sparkle as a person. In April, playing at a competition that he generally appreciated, Lacsamana turned out to be only the fourth individual to win three Gloucester County crowns when he crushed colleague Kyle Deacon in the last. Had the pandemic not cleared out his lesser season, he very likely would have become just the second player with four titles.

Later in the season at the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships, Lacsamana arrived at the quarterfinals interestingly prior to losing to Lenape sophomore Milan Karajovic, who he charitably called a spectacular youthful player.

At last, Lacsamana covered his vocation by scoring his first success in the state singles competition, a 3-6, 7-6 (7-6), 10-6 long distance race over Jacob Rha of Whippany Park.

“That was imperative to me,” he said. “It is more fulfilling to win like that in spite of the fact that my body didn’t feel like it at the time.”

Lacsamana, who went undefeated in group coordinates and completed his senior season with a 25-2 by and large record, isn’t actually certain about the following stage in his tennis profession. He has contemplated attempting to stroll on at the University of California-Berkeley, however since he’ll study electrical designing and software engineering, his responsibility probably won’t allow for sports.

“I unquestionably need to have a decent equilibrium at Berkeley,” he said. “I asked every one of the graduated class and they said balance is the No. 1 thing you need to have. Scholastics starts things out, so assuming it doesn’t mediate with scholastics, I’ll attempt to play, however on the off chance that it does, I need to pick scholastics anytime.”

In any case, tennis has consistently been a significant piece of his life, an energy passed on from his dad, Nathaniel, and he doesn’t anticipate resigning regardless of whether he can’t play at Cal.

“My father is as yet playing and he’s killing it on the court, so i’m not sure why I will not continue to play,” he said. “I’m cutthroat so I will not allow my child to beat me at tennis. I have beaten my father however. We go to and fro however I’ll never concede to him that he’s better.”

Concerning Lacsamana’s place in Clearview tennis history, there is no doubt he made his difference.

“In the 20 years that I’ve been at Clearview, he’s the awesome come through,” Hanrahan said.

The humble Lacsamana would clearly see the value in those words from his mentor. Yet, he hasn’t really thought about at all to whether he’s the best part in school history.

“Inheritance is something extreme to satisfy,” he said. “Inheritance or not, I simply realize that I gave all that I had to the program. It was difficult wasn’t simply tennis season for me, it was the entire year. I adored Clearview, I cherished being a Pioneer and I cherished being essential for the program. I gave all that I had and done my absolute best. … It was unquestionably a critical time.”

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