a young woman holding a tennis racquet on top of a tennis court
Coral Shores' Kai Redruello. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

On April 4, Coral Shores hosted Westminster Christian for a set of tennis matches that produced mixed results. The No. 2 doubles team of Johann Smith and Jaden Heilbron picked up the only win of the day for the boys team. The girls had better luck, winning all seven matches. Charlotte MacEachern and Olivia Hughes won their No. 1 and 2 singles matches and teamed up to earn another victory in doubles action. Kai Guth and Kai Redruello did the same at the No. 3 and 4 spots in singles and the No. 2 doubles match. Macy Cakans added the final win of the day for the ’Canes, making it a clean sweep over the Warriors.  

Key West spent the afternoon of April 3 in Marathon, where the girls picked up a win.

Amalia Strunk, Juliana Strunk, Violet Jangraw and Leyla Atilla racked up singles wins for the Lady Conchs. Eva Drozdetskaia and Amalia Strunk plus Zoe Gehin and Juliana Strunk earned doubles wins, as well. 

Marquisha Abraham of Marathon earned the only Fins win of the day at the No. 1 singles spot. The Dolphin boys won their first match in over six years, defeating the Conchs 4-3. Adrien Holdinga won the No. 1 singles match, then Carlos Lezcano, in his first-ever season of play, earned his first win. Holdinga teamed up with middle-schooler Tanner Snowden to pick up their third doubles win of the season. Lezcano and fellow newbie Matt Delgado earned a doubles win as well, giving the Fins the win. 

Conchs Devin Soni and Mason O’Conner each won their singles matches for Key West with their final point coming from a forfeit.

Tennis districts are April 15 and 16. Key West will play at Tropical Park, while Marathon and Coral Shores will compete at the Miami Dade College campus.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.