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Westborough – The official nickname of the athletic teams at Westborough High is Rangers, but the boys tennis team is also known by another moniker – Streakers.
The Rangers' boys tennis team has won at least 26 consecutive regular season matches, having won all 18 of its matches last season and its first eight this year.
The streak will be severely tested Tuesday April 29, when Westborough hosts St. John's, although the Rangers have won the last four meetings between the schools, including earlier this season.
"It was a very close match against them earlier in the sea- son; we were fortunate to win. All three last year against St. John's were close, too," Westborough coach Peter Allen said. "They have a fine team."
So does Westborough. The Rangers appear to have not skipped a beat from last year when they won their first 21 matches and the Central Mass. Division 1 title, only to lose to Falmouth, 3-2, in the state final.
" Five of Allen's top seven players from that team are back, led by sophomore Josh Lurier, who is having a terrific season at No. 1 singles, having lost only to St. John's standout Dan Johnson.
"Josh is a very steady player," Allen said. "He doesn't give points away, and when he has the chance to take advantage of another player's errors, he makes the most of it."
Complementing Lurier are seniors Zach O'Leary and David Levine, who play Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, and the No. 1 doubles team of senior Josh Hurwitz and junior Jason Lemack.
The only real competition on the Westborough team is at No. 2 doubles, where Allen regularly uses six different players and may use up to eight, in varied pairings, before the season is over.
The Rangers' regular No. 2 doubles team, if they have one, is made of junior Fritz Kaebler and freshman Ilya Bely. Also having played in the spot, however, have been seniors David Voshschin, Jonathan Davis and Kim Brennen, and junior Jackson Koehler.
Allen's team is upperclassmen dominated, with 11 of the 15 players on the roster being either seniors or juniors.
All of the experience, and last year's success, doesn't necessarily add up to another Central Mass. crown, however.
"Division 1 is very crowded this year," Allen said. "I think on any given day there are about six teams that could walk away as the champs – St. John's, Tantasqua, Wachusett, Algonquin and Shrewsbury – there's a lot of balance at the top of Division 1 this year."
compete in USA
Westborough's Talyn Curry and Northborough's Samantha Andrews both recently competed in the USA State Meet, held in Leicester.
Curry, a Level 10 gymnast, finished first on the uneven parallel bars, second on the balance beam, and third in both the vault and floor exercise. As a result, she finished second in the all-around competition.
Andrews, a Level 9 gymnast, finished second on the uneven parallel bars, fourth in the vault and third in the all-around competition.
Both gymnasts qualified to compete in the USA Regional meet, which will be held in Syracuse, N.Y.
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