End Of The Curse?
Bloomfield Hills Andover, with seven Jewish players in its starting lineup, is eyeing its first boys tennis
STEVE STEIN STAFF WRITER
ear after year, the
School boys ten-
nis team has been
one of the
Back in 1991, the Barons
finished second in the Class B
state meet. That's their best
finish at the big show. The
Barons have never won the
biggest prize in high school
tennis, even though they've
been a perennial participant
in first the Class A and now
the Class B meets.
That drought could end this
spring. Andover was a perfect
6-0 in dual meets heading into
this week's action, the cham-
pion of Division II of the Oak-
land Activities Association
(OAA), the winner of the
Rochester Invitational and the
runnerup in the Brother Rice
The Barons will play today
in the Class B regional at
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook
Kingswood. They need to fin-
ish either first or second or
score 16 points to earn a berth
in the June 3-4 state meet in
Even though the tough field
at Cranbrook Kingswood in-
cludes the host school and De-
Justin Goldfarb plays No. 2 singles.
Michael Brown was the state
runnerup at No. 4 singles last
shad and Soloman and Golden
were both 13-1 and Nyquist and
Tolia were 10-4.
"We're very strong in singles,
just like we've been in past
years," said Johnson, who is in
his 30th season as Andover's
coach. "Our doubles teams hold
the key to our success."
This is the second consecutive
year that Stone and Bershad
have played No. 1 doubles for the
They were put together just be-
fore the beginning of last season
when Soloman, who was sup-
posed to be paired with Bershad,
suffered a thumb injury which
sidelined him for the spring.
Stone moved up from No. 2 dou-
"Rick (Stone) and Jeff (Ber-
shad) came to me before this sea-
son and asked to be together
again this year," Johnson said.
"They make a good team. Jeff is
an emotional player and Rick is
more calm, so they complement
each other well."
Johnson said Soloman and
Golden's chemistry and court
placement have gotten stronger
as the season has progressed.
Goldfarb and Brown, both 17
Senior Justin Goldfarb, who
was bothered last season by a and former Detroit Maccabi ten-
stress fracture of a vertebrae, nis players, are Andover's co-cap-
plays No. 2 singles. Junior tains. After playing No. 2 doubles
Michael Brown is at No. 4 sin- for the Barons as a freshman,
Goldfarb has been at No. 2 sin-
Both won championships in gles for three years.
"It sure would be great to win
last week's OAA Division II
tournament, beating opponents the state championship in my se-
from a strong Birmingham nior year," said Goldfarb, who
will attend the University of Col-
Senior Rick Stone and junior orado and perhaps try to make
Jeff Bershad make up An- the men's tennis squad there as
dover's No. 1 doubles team and a walk-on.
"This is the best team we've
junior Jeff Soloman and fresh-
in my four years at Andover.
man Dave Golden are the No.
3 doubles duo. Jon Nyquist Everyone gets along, and we're
combines with fellow sopho- peaking at the right time.
"Our singles lineup is excep-
more Vinaj Tolia at No. 2 dou-
tionally strong. I think we have
Stone and Bershad, Soloman the best No. 3 (Brad Adams) and
and Golden won Division II No. 4 singles players in Class B."
Brown, who has played No. 4
tourney titles and Nyquist and
for Andover since he was
Tolia finished second. They all
faced Groves opponents in the a freshman, went 21-4 last year,
losing only to the Class A and
Going into this week's action, Class B state champions.
He made it to the quarterfinals
Goldfarb was 12-2 and Brown,
the runnerup at No. 4 singles and finals in the state tourna-
in last year's Class B state ment as a freshman and sopho-
meet, was 13-1. Stone and Ber- more.
troit Country Day, Andover is fa-
vored to make it to Midland.
Cranbrook Kingswood is No.
3, Andover No. 4 and Country
Day No. 5 in the latest statewide
coaches Class B rankings behind
Grand Rapids Forest Hills North-
ern and Mason.
"I would be horrified if we
didn't qualify for the state meet,"
said Andover coach Keith John-
son. "We're going to be in the
hunt for the state championship,
no doubt about it. Our kids have
improved all year, and we haven't
played as well as we can yet."
Seven Jewish players, includ-
ing five of the six in the three dou .-
bles flights, are in the Barons'
The Barons will play
today in the Class B