Posted: 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014

Drew Engel, Dwyer, Post boys tennis player of year


Boys Tennis Player of the Year — Drew Engel photo
Dwyer High School’s Drew Engel is the All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

By Anthony Chiang

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Drew Engel knew where he wanted to be. He just needed to find a way to get there.

The Dwyer senior figured it out this season, recording a perfect 11-0 regular-season record and winning the Class 4A individual singles title.

“I expected it,” Engel said. “I was really close to where I wanted to be and I just finally started to improve.”

The growth was on display in a match against Miami-Ferguson’s Jose Ortega with the individual singles title on the line. Engel rallied from three match points to earn the 11-9 win in the third set’s 10-point tiebreaker.

“It was a big moment,” Engel said of the comeback.

As a junior, Engel qualified for the state tournament as an individual, but he was eliminated in the quarterfinal round.

Since arriving at Dwyer as a sophomore, Panthers coach Jose Colon said Engel’s physical growth and maturity has been the biggest reasons for his success.

“Drew has a lot of power and he’s smart,” Colon said. “He was perfect last year. At some point, I think he’s going to be a professional tennis player.”

Before that, Engel hopes to play at the college level.

“I’m an all-around player,” Engel said. “I’ve been stepping it up and focusing a lot more since my junior year.”


Tate Allwardt, Spanish River, Sr.: Reached 4A singles semifinals as Sharks’ No. 1.

Joey Brander, St. Andrew’s, Sr.: Advanced to 1A individual doubles final round with Andrew Dykeman.

Justin Sacks, Wellington, Jr.: Finished with 19-0 singles record as Wolverines’ No. 2 and reached 4A individual doubles final.

Charlie Sullivan, Spanish River, So.: Reached 4A singles final as Sharks’ No. 4.

Constantin Supper, Suncoast, Jr.: Chargers’ No. 1 propelled team to state.

Coach of the Year

Beth Miller, Spanish River

Led Sharks to district and regional titles on their way to placing fourth in the 4A state tournament.

Second Team

Guido Argentini, Spanish River, Sophomore

Luis LaRiva, Spanish River, Junior

Reed Rabideau, Dreyfoos, Senior

Juan Rozo, Boca Raton, Junior

Trevor Sacks, Wellington, Senior

Honorable Mention

Atlantic: Pierre Brimaire, Cliff Francois, Jean Zidor; Boca Raton: Andrea Orsolini, Joseph Palmiotto, Brett Shriver; Boynton Beach: Ryan Bazil, Don Wesley Supplice; Dreyfoos: Kevin Levin, Alec Nguyen; Dwyer: Oren Zener; Jupiter Christian: James Massie; Oxbridge Academy: Matthew Truong; Palm Beach Central: Jonathan Grillo, Oscar Vaca; Palm Beach Gardens: Jason Jones, Christian Pantaleon; Park Vista: Phil McGowan, Jared Meyers, Zacharia Rakeem; Pope John Paul II: Nick Heising; Spanish River: Jared Lee; St. Andrew’s: J.D. Alvarado, Andrew Dykeman, Reb Mariano, Walker Wadsworth; Suncoast: Praveen Ashokkumar, Felipe Rivadeniera, Matt Rodriguez, Patrick Villanueva; Wellington: Kevin Bensimoun, Christopher Hundley; West Boca Raton: Ryan Rouche.


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