Bonac Tennis Team Given Second Chance at League Title

The East Hampton tennis team was wearing its official uniforms in a match against the Ross School on Monday. Gavin Menu photos

The Ross School boys tennis team graciously hosted East Hampton inside the dry and comfortable confines of its home tennis bubble on Monday after soaking rains forced the match to move from the drenched courts at East Hampton High School.

The Cosmos also bore the brunt of the Bonackers’ frustration, in the form of a 7-0 defeat, following a bizarre week in which East Hampton seemed to lose its grip on a share of the League VII title because of a wardrobe malfunction.

Alex Wesley, left, and Jamie Fairchild before their match on Monday.

Playing at first-place Westhampton Beach on Friday —  and looking to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes earlier this season — Pierson junior Alex Weseley and his teammate, Hunter Medler, were entrenched in a tight match at second doubles when Weseley removed his sweatshirt and was called out for not wearing a team-issued jersey. Westhampton coach John Czartosieski demanded that Weseley and Medler forfeit the match, which left East Hampton without a critical point in a 4-3 defeat that would have all but assured the undefeated Hurricanes the league championship.

But East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville asked his school’s athletic director, Joe Vasile-Cozzo, to protest the ruling, which he did, and on Tuesday officials from Section XI, Suffolk County’s governing body of athletics, upheld the protest and ordered the teams to finish out the match at second doubles, which they will do this Monday, April 23, at Westhampton at 4:30 p.m.

Weseley, who was wearing a solid-colored tennis shirt, as is required by rule, and Medler were originally going to resume their match against Westhampton’s Brennan Tomlinson and Santo Benenati with the Bonackers leading the first set by a score of 6-5. But on Wednesday McConville said the match would be played from the beginning.

“The whole team is going to travel up there,” McConville said about the upcoming match. “It’s going to be super exciting.”

East Hampton and Westhampton split the four singles matches, with Pierson eighth-grader Luke Louchheim winning in the second slot to continue his undefeated season. The teams also split the other two doubles matches, meaning it was the forfeit that, at the time, determined the final outcome of the match.

Pierson’s Luke Louchheim.

Adding to East Hampton’s issues was the absence of Pierson’s Brad Drubych and Bridgehampton’s Jamie Fairchild, two of the team’s top doubles players, who were out sick. The team was back at full strength on Friday, with the team winning every set it played against the Ross School.

Weseley teamed with Fairchild to win, 6-0, 7-5, at first doubles, and Drubych teamed with Medler to win, 6—0, 6-3, at third doubles.

Bridgehampton’s Jonny DeGroot cruised, 6-0, 6-2, at first singles and Louchheim won, 6-0, 6-0, at third singles.

The Bonackers hosted Shoreham Wading River on Wednesday after press time and will play at Ross again on Friday at 4 p.m.