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Carrboro HS and CHHS Men's Tennis Teams Win State Titles

Despite the often extraordinary challenges presented by the pandemic and remote learning since March 2020, CHCCS athletics programs have really put on a display of strength and excellence. The latest representatives came from Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) and Carrboro High School (CHS) on May 15, as their Men’s Tennis teams won the NCHSAA 2A and 3A state championships, as well as the individual titles, by Aidan Chung and Dennis Perumov.

Carrboro Mayor, Lydia Lavelle, issued a proclamation on May 19 as “Carrboro Jaguar Men’s Tennis Day,” saying, “I urge all residents of the Town of Carrboro to take every opportunity to congratulate these players and their coaches for their remarkable achievement.” The Jags are led by Head Coach, Jeff Arthurs and Assistant Coach, Brennan Nicol.

In winning the state singles title, Chung only lost three games in four matches. He was named MVP of the 2A tournament. Chung beat his finals opponent 6-0, 6-0, to make it look easy!

Coach Arthurs said, "I'm so proud of this team! They worked so hard from the very first day of practice. There were lots of obstacles along the way, but nothing slowed them down. We got better every day, and that hard work really paid off at the State tournament! There was Purple (CHS colot) everywhere! To have the state singles champ (Aidan Chung), the state doubles runner-ups (Johnathan Braddour and Callan Baruch), and the NC Team Title is a dream come true for  all of us!"

Four players had been named to the Mid-State Men’s Tennis All-Conference team: Callan Baruch, Aidan Chung, Wesley Hanes and Jonathan Baddour. Only Baruch is a senior, so the Jags are in great shape for next season, too.

Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) men’s team finished 11-2 overall, and unbeaten (10-0) in the conference. They were led by 3A tournament MVP, Dennis Perumov, as well as seniors Eddy Ferreria, Alex Whang and Wayne Vanderford.

Coach Neil Alderman said, “What an unusual season it was for the CHHS Men’s Tennis team. The COVID protocols required these guys to play masked most of the season, which is not a comfortable thing to do while exercising at full tilt. All of our players, including our Junior Varsity practiced hard together, and that togetherness I think made the difference. These guys are all buddies and it helps to know you have that support when you are in a tough match.”

Co-Captain Perumov didn’t lose a set in his march to the singles title, finishing 17-0 this season without losing a set. He beat the 2A and 4A singles champions, which Alderman said showed he’s “the class of NC High School Tennis this season.”

Congratulations, Tigers and Jags!