All-Tribune First Team
Player School Yr. Comment
Alex Lawson Corona del Sol Jr. POY won Div. I singles title after two doubles titles; lost one set all season
Dominic Patrick Campo Verde Jr. Div. II state champion beat No. 1 and No. 3 seeds to become school’s first title in any sport
Nicolas Montoya Horizon Jr. Div. I runner-up to Lawson ranked in top 5 among AZ junior class.
Cameron Tehrani Saguaro Sr. 4-time city champion and 2010 4A-I state champ finished third in 2011 despite missing most of season with injury.
Nolan Bauer Chaparral Jr. Top Firebird led team to 5A-II team championship; Ranked in top 5 for juniors
C.J. Krimbill Desert Mtn. Jr. Third-place finish in Div. I singles won Scottsdale and Kiwannis tournaments and boasted 4.5 GPA
Player of the Year: Alex Lawson, Corona del Sol
Coach of the Year: Kim Roberts, Mountain View: After making oft-difficult switch from girls to boys before the season, Roberts led Mountain View to first team state tournament semifinal since 1989.
All-Tribune Second Team
Player School Yr. Comment
Kyle Chalmers/Hudson Blake Brophy So./So. Runner-up finish in Div. I doubles; Chalmers already top singles player.
Michael Brimhall Mountain View Jr. With Gabe Cerritos, was 3rd place in Div. I doubles; Catalyst for resurgent Toros that reached team semifinals.
Nelson DiVall/Ian Glessing Desert Mountain Jr./Jr. Semifinalist in Div. II doubles also key for Wolves’ 2nd place team finish.
Louis Sacks Arcadia Sr. Top 10 senior leader of Titans’ back-to-back team championships in singles and doubles with Jake Hoselton.
Adrian Cordova Notre Dame Fr. Quickly ascended atop Saints lineup in team’s second straight runner-up finish.
Andy Nguyen Hamilton So. Top player in Huskies’ run to first team state semifinal in school history.
Memorable Moments from the 2011 Season
• Alex Lawson had already won consecutive state titles in doubles his first two years of high school, but after losing his partner to graduation, the Corona del Sol junior switched to singles and went through the 2011 season without losing a set until the championship. It was there he met friend and USTA playing partner Nicolas Montoya (Horizon). After dropping his first set this season, Lawson righted his serve and took the next two sets to win the Div. I singles state championship.
• Dominic Patrick put Campo Verde on the championship list. The junior entered the Div. II singles tournament as a No. 5 seed, but defeated the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds to get there. Using a relentless ground-stroke return game, he offset the power serve-and-volley game of No. 1-seed and defending-champion Carlos Bermudez (Tucson Palo Verde) Patrick swept the favored Bermudez in the championship match to bring home the Coyotes first title in any sport.
• It didn’t necessarily unfold the way either Chaparral or certainly Desert Mountain envisioned, but after the Wolves came back from a 4-0 deficit in the 5A-II team championship, leg cramps led to a default that allowed Chaparral to claim the state title. Nearby, Notre Dame nearly succeeded in a similar comeback attempt after trailing 4-1 to defending 4A-II champion Arcadia, but Jake Hoselton and Louis Sacks led the veteran Titans to a second consecutive crown.