2019 Mirror boys tennis all-stars

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec 2019 Altoona Mirror boys tennis first-team all-stars include (from left): Bedford’s Caleb Beidle, Altoona’s Jonah Brandt, Hollidaysburg’s Rami Alkhafaji, Huntingdon’s Bruce Perow. Absent for photo was Bishop Guilfoyle’s Ryne Talko.

FIRST TEAM

Rami Alkhafaji, sr., Hollidaysburg: Four-time Mirror first-team all-star … No. 1 singles player all four years for Hollidaysburg … Went 17-1 in the regular season at No. 1 singles … Elected three-time Most Outstanding Player for the Tigers … 2019 District 6 Class 3A singles champion…. 2018 District 6 3A singles and doubles runner-up … 2017 District 6 3A doubles runner-up … Led Tigers to District team championship in 2016 and 2018 … 2019 PIAA all-state team honorable mention … Headed to play tennis at Division I George Mason.

Caleb Beidle, sr., Bedford: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star and second team as a sophomore … Two-time Laurel Highlands All-Conference Team … No. 1 singles player for District 5 2A champion Bedford, which won four straight D5 titles, three straight LHAC unbeaten titles, won the 2019 Mountain Lion Invitational Team Tournament and went 20-2 this year … Had 21 singles wins as a senior and 89 for his career … Three-time District 5 2A singles runner-up and three-time District 5 2A doubles champion … Will play tennis for Mount Aloysius College.

Jonah Brandt, sr., Altoona: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star as a sophomore and senior … Mirror second-team all-star as a junior … Four-year starter for Mountain Lions, last three seasons at No. 1 singles … District 6 3A singles semifinalist and doubles finalist … Also started at wide receiver on the football team and wrestled.

Bruce Perow, jr., Huntingdon: Mirror honorable mention all-star as a freshman and sophomore … Mountain League MVP, going 4-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles … Went 8-4 in other singles matches and 3-2 in doubles … District 6 Class 2A singles runner-up … District 6 Class 2A doubles semifinalist.

Ryne Talko, sr., Bishop Gulfoyle: Four-time Mirror first-team all-star … Four-time Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference MVP … District 6 Class 2A singles champion as a freshman and senior, and runner-up as a sophomore and junior … Fourth-place finisher in the 2019 PIAA Class 2A singles tourney … District 6 2A doubles runner-up as a sophomore … Led BG to the 2016 District 6 2A team championship and PIAA final four … His singles record in his career was 76-12 — 20-3 as a freshman, 25-4 as a sophomore, 12-3 as a junior and 19-2 as a senior … Also played soccer … Will continue his tennis career at Grove City College.

SECOND TEAM

Caden Brooks, sr., Tyrone

Johnny Imgrund, soph., Bedford

Jake Irwin, jr., Hollidaysburg

Casey Rispoli, sr., Altoona

Nick Schimminger, soph., Altoona

HONORABLE MENTION

Dalton Baker, sr., Central Cambria

Luke Dague, sr., Bedford

Zach Kachman, sr., Bedford

Anthony Martinelli, sr., Hollidaysburg

Taran Pelky, soph., Huntingdon

Mike Schimminger, jr., Altoona

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