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League News: What a Year for the JCL

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By Brenda Maddaleni, Junior Challenge Ladder Vice President

The 2020 season of the ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder is underway, despite the challenges encountered in a world of Covid-19. The ladder usually begins with a season-opening round robin to jump-start the season and help players get ready for active play in the ladder. We moved to a Zoom format for the kickoff which was well attended by players and their families. The ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder has 146 players as of press time. The players were chomping at the bit to get started, as many have been out of competition since schools closed, high school seasons have been cut short, and most tournaments were postponed or permanently canceled. We are thankful to provide this outlet for junior tennis players!

With 146 players, there will be 1,000 matches or more played during the season that began on August 25th and ends on December 1st. In addition to regular match play, our players will get together for round robins by group. We are thankful to the following sponsors of these events by providing courts for our players. The schedule of this year’s events are as follows:

Blackburn Tennis Center—Upper Ladder Girls
Saturday, November 14
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sandy Springs Tennis Center
Upper Ladder/Lower Ladder Boys
Saturday, November 14
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We are excited to announce that we will have a showcase event for our top players at the Riverside Club in Sandy Springs. This event, featuring our Top 10 boys and girls, is scheduled for Friday, November 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. With limited doubles competition due to COVID-19, we plan to have an all-doubles event. It should be an exciting night of tennis! Thank you to Cindy Pietkiewicz for coordinating our events.

The ladder is managed using Tennis Rungs software, and the players get support from their ladder managers. Thank you to Anthony Swatski who is helping with the software and ensuring all matches are counted. The ladder managers facilitate matches getting played, coordinate with players, hear about good sportsmanship, mediate conflict, and often work as a help desk and mentor, especially for the new and younger players. We could not do without them. Thank you to Stacy Simmons (Upper Girls), Trish Winfrey (Lower Girls), Dee Jones (Upper Boys) and Michelle McKinnon (Lower Boys) for the work and dedication to the players in the ladder.

To date, there are more than 250 matches played and more than 80 matches scheduled for play in the next week. The standings as of October 5 are reflected on the next page. We are excited to hear who makes the Top 10 at the end of the seasons, how many sportsmanship awards will be given, and how many players will earn three in a row awards!

Junior Challenge Ladder Mid-Season Standings

Boys
1       DAVIS TAYLOR
2       JOHN LASANAJAK
3       ROBERT BAUER
4       ANDREW PIETKIEWICZ
5       FREDDIE LAWRENCE
6       ARSAL FAROOQ
7       MATTHEW SLOAN
8       BLAKE STODDARD
9       QUINN WICKLUND
10     ELI HIRSHBERG
11     JAKE GRIMES
12     LOVA METOR
13     NIKHIL KULKARNI
14     JACK HRASTAR
15     JAKE YOUNG
16     CHRIS CIANCIOTTI
17     REILLY MCNAMARA
18     REESE PHILIP HILSEN
19     PAUL FRIDMAN
20     STEPHEN ZHU
21     MITCHELL FREEMAN
22     JORDAN WINFREY
23     PARTH MODY
24     MATTEO MADDALENI
25     REID KANEMASU
26     JAIDEN DODIA
27     ETHAN SWATSKI
28     RYAN COZAD
29     LUKE ATKINSON
30     SHAURYA BAJAJ
31     JASON EIGBEDION
32     KELLEN SIMMONS
33     ROBERT FRIERSON
34     SIMON HAYAL
35     JAKE SOLOMON
36     LONDON VASILESCU
37     SHREYAN BAJAJ
38     TEO JOHNSON
39     RISHAV RANGANATHAN
40     ANISH MADIREDDY
41     ANDREW RUDER
42     PETER CRAIG
43     MATTHEW SONG
44     HARRIS UNELL
45     VIKUNTH VENKATESH
46     BRENDAN PICKELL
47     SHAAN MAJEED
48     KEVIN SCREWS
49     TYLER AUSTIN
50     OWEN HEYBROEK
51     RIJUL RAPELLY
52     BRANDON KIM
53     SHIV KINNARKAR
54     SHRIYAN SATHISH
55     GRAYSON PERLMAN
56     HENRY WALTER
57     SAM FLICKER
58     WESLEY FLICKER
59     ADITYA MADIREDDY
60     SUSHIL MUDDALA
61     JOSHUA WARREN
62     HEMIL THAKKAR
63     AUSTIN TURNER
64     TRISTAN SLOWEY
65     ROCCO DICARLO
66     ARJUN SHAH
67     ETHAN SMITH
68     ALEXANDER SLOAN

Girls
1       KATE SHARABURA
2       LAUREN KHOU
3       JO-YEE CHAN
4       MAI NGUYEN
5       LEEZA KURTZ
6       CONLEY RAIDT
7       NEENA KATAUSKAS
8       JADA YOUNG
9       GERMANY DAVIS
10     ANYA NELSON
11     CHERYSH HENRY
12     SARAY YLI-PIIPARI
13     FRANCHESCA BROWN
14     CLAIRE GIDDINGS
15     ISABELLA THEODORE
16     JAALA SCREWS
17     ASHLEY BENTZ
18     MICHELLE JONES
19     NICOLE EIGBEDION
20     OLIVIA HOOPER
21     MARA OPRE
22     JONAY BRITTAIN
23     SAMANTHA SLATON
24     ALYSSA DAVIS
25     JENSEN DIIANNI
26     CLEO MOORE
27     CARRINGTON BROWN
28     KENNEDY HILL
29     JADE LASANAJAK
30     MCKENZIE SHELTON
31     SYDNEY BRANTLEY
32     ASHLEY COOKE
33     CAROLINE EADS
34     SHAYLI DODIA
35     MEHER BAJWA
36     MARY JACOPPO
37     PRISHA MODY
38     MYRA WU
39     MADISON ANDREWS
40     KENNEDY TALBERT
41     MCKENZIE OLIVER
42     KYLIE JOHNSON
43     ALYSSA KHOU
44     SOPHIA CLEMENTS
45     TERI BRANTLEY
46     LAURYN SWATSKI
47     AMANDA TANAKA
48     SEJAL JOSHI
49     KIMAYA PARANJPE
50     VICTORIA LOUIS-JACQUES
51     BERNADETTE KOTSCHER
52     TRINITY PORTER
53     MEGAN MCKINNON
54     GABRIELLE CESAR
55     JULIANA DIIANNI
56     SEDONA CORNELISON
57     SAMANTHA RUDER
58     ANWITHA ANBUCHELIAN
59     BROOKE SAYE
60     JORDAN BALLARD

 

 

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