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League News: Climbing The Ladder in 2021

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ALTA junior challenge ladder

By Anthony Swatski, Junior Challenge Ladder Vice President

Every challenge ladder season is a great opportunity for players to develop their skills, make new friends, and inspire others through their sportsmanship and fair play. This past year, nearly 180 players participated in the 2021 ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder season. Each rung earned provides players the ability to expand their pool of potential opponents as they make challenges up the ladder, so they can achieve greater heights. At the same time, those being challenged can defend the heights they have already achieved. It is a unique experience and a competitive environment that inspires players to challenge their personal glass ceiling and break through it. For those who have been in the program for multiple years, they can get a sense of where they stand given all the hard work they have put into improving their game.

We look forward to seeing players from across the metro area take on this challenge. Registration for the 2022 season will begin on May 15 and end on August 15. Play will begin August 23.

As we look toward the next season, we look back and celebrate this one. Finishing this season in the top spot for the boys was John Lasanajak, and for the girls, Michelle Jones topped the chart. Congratulations to them for achieving this honor.

Finally, there are many great players that have come through the program, culminating in their senior season, and this season was no different. Congratulations to our 2021 JCL seniors!

2021 JCL Seniors
Brennan Davenport
Cooper Davis
Macsen Higgins
Reese Hilsen
John Lasanajak
Dean Kingsley
Lauren Khou
Mary Jacoppo
Ayden Mamaghani
Andrew Munn
Andrew Pietkiewicz
Kennedy Talbert
Ryan Thompson

ALTA JCL players

Additionally, awards this season included bag tags for all players, and tennis apparel was given to all players who completed their season. Players who won three matches in a row received a large blue ALTA match towel. Furthermore, the following recognition for other achievements was given in the following categories:

Most Matches Played
JCL Girls:
Manasi Bedi
Shresta Gunda
Bella Lotz
Athithi Ayyappan

JCL Boys:
Moulik Jain
Ashrith Vemireddy
Jack Xu
Lucas Vasilescu

Most Movement (players who moved up the farthest from their original position on the ladder)
JCL Girls:
Manasi Bedi
Jigisha Singh
Isabella Massay

JCL Boys:
Jeffrey Hallett
Moulik Jain
Vivaan Sethi

Special Recognition
JCL Girls:
Ladder Manager Award:
Lily Meyers and Myra Wu
VP Award: Manasi Bedi
Sportsmanship: Alexis Taylor

JCL Boys:
Ladder Manager Award:
Nicholas Ivchenko and Mathew Mui
VP Award: John Lasanajak
Sportsmanship: Grayson Perlman

ALTA JCL player

We also honored our Top 10 JCL players who were active all season and completed the majority of their matches. These players received a medal, and a gift of cufflinks was presented to the boys, while the girls were awarded an Alex and Ani tennis bracelet. Congratulations to all of these outstanding JCL players!

JCL TOP 10 GIRLS
1          Michelle Jones
2          Mckenzie Shelton
3          Franchesca Brown (Snellville)
4          Mana Fawcett
5          Jensen Diianni
6          Madison Andrews
7          Sasha Dimitrov
8          Jigisha Singh (Johns Creek)
9          Manasi Bedi
10        Myra Wu

JCL TOP 10 BOYS
1          John Lasanajak
2          Dean Kingsley
3          Reese Philip Hilsen
4          Andrew Pietkiewicz
5          Stephen Zhu
6          Kellen Simmons
7          London Vasilescu
8          Jackson Brady
9          Parth Mody
10        Jason Eigbedion

Junior Challenge Ladder 2021 Standings
Boys
1          John Lasanajak
2          Dean Kingsley
3          Reese Philip Hilsen
4          Andrew Pietkiewicz
5          Stephen Zhu
6          Kellen Simmons
7          London Vasilescu
8          Jackson Brady
9          Parth Mody
10        Jason Eigbedion
11        Matteo Maddaleni
12        Ethan Swatski
13        Robert Frierson
14        Maddox Iliescu
15        Jack Miller
16        Justin Wilson
17        Asher Negandhi
18        Brandon Kim
19        Vivaan Sethi (Johns Creek)
20        Tom Hughes
21        Chingiz Nadyrshin (Atlanta)
22        Moulik Jain (Alpharetta)
23        Cooper Davis (Johns Creek)
24        Kevin Screws
25        Andrew Munn
26        Ayden Mamaghani
27        Tyler Austin
28        Ryals Earnhardt
29        Bryan Powell
30        Shiv Siju
31        Ashrith Vemireddy
32        Mike Hughes
33        Jacob Dorland (Dunwoody)
34        Harrison Odom (Marietta/East Cobb)
35        Grayson Perlman
36        Alexander Sloan
37        Benjamin Krebs
38        Devesh Venkateswaran (Johns Creek)
39        Connor Mowrey
40        Ayaan Valiani (Gacs)
41        William Hackney
42        Logan Gilleland (Marietta)
43        Nicholas Ivchenko
44        Graham Antin (Johns Creek)
45        Gene Yun
46        Dhruvsai Dhulipudi
47        Jeffrey Hallett
48        Will Grable
49        Matthew Mui
50        Brennan Davenport
51        Lucas Vasilescu
52        Andrew Godbey
53        Raymond Gabler
54        Aditya Bhoti
55        Ryan Thompson (Villages At Huntcrest)
56        William Miller (Marietta)
57        Aaryan Ralkar
58        Landon Marcus (Decatur)
59        Alex Barber
60        Nicholas Pate
61        Jack Xu (Marietta)
62        Macsen Higgins
63        Everett Wenzel
65        Ryan Halligan
66        Gavin Koch-Yip
67        Dale Huertas (Austell)
68        Buddy Cason
69        Karaya Macharia
70        Andrew Halligan
71        Ethan Sanders
72        Trace Wood
73        Jordan Leon (Sugar Hill)
74        Garratt Builder
75        Marc Maldonado
76        Levi Howard
77        Ezra Brooks
78        Michael Muldoon
79        Jackson Bennett (Decatur)
80        Nikesh Patel
81        Sumant Baishya
82        Vihaan Boddula

Girls
1          Michelle Jones
2          Mckenzie Shelton
3          Franchesca Brown (Snellville)
4          Mana Fawcett
5          Jensen Diianni
6          Madison Andrews
7          Sasha Dimitrov
8          Jigisha Singh (Johns Creek)
9          Manasi Bedi
10        Myra Wu
11        Lauren Khou
12        Jaala Screws
13        Amanda Tanaka
14        Ishita Ravi
15        Prisha Mody
16        Alyssa Khou
17        Lauryn Swatski
18        Mary Jacoppo
19        Trinity Porter
20        Kylie Johnson
21        Bernadette Kotscher
22        Kimaya Paranjpe
23        Sydney Wszolek
24        Kennedy Talbert
25        Teri Brantley
26        Manavi Bedi
27        Athithi Ayyappan
28        Alyssa Braude
29        Megan Mckinnon
30        Juliana Diianni
31        Molly Mcwethy
32        Caroline Malcom
33        Stephanie Malcom
34        Lauren Powell (Roswell)
35        Deekshu Devarasetty
36        M’kenzi Pate
37        Grace Hauge
38        Virginia Fisher
39        Samantha Ruder
40        Joiya Middlebrooks
41        Valeria Bazan
42        Isabella Luce
43        Meghna Baishya
44        Ansley King
45        Lily Kate Bell
46        Bella Lotz
47        Lily Meyers
48        Shresta Gunda
49        Diya Khurana
50        Katie Koenning
51        Isabella Massay (McDonough)
52        Jamaya Williams
53        Lillian Lee
54        Lilianna Lavelle
55        Keza Macharia
56        Jaiden Palmer
57        Claire Morris
58        Nyah Ralkar
59        Kaiya Sharp (Alpharetta)
60        Ashleigh Grable
61        Kavya Mistry
62        Marysa Mansfield
63        Audrey Pak
64        Alexis Taylor (Marietta)
65        Mahi Ravi
66        Ava Mckay (Roswell)
67        Brooke Marsden
68        Elliana Cristadoro (Marietta)
69        Natasha Varas
70        Gabrielle Christie
71        Vera Koch-Yip
72        Tanika Saravanan

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