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NYJTL Mayor's Cup Championships Presented by Reliance Communications Concludes

June 13, 2012 04:21 PM
Becky Shtilkind
Becky Shtilkind leads Leon M. Goldstein to Upset win.
Senior standout Becky Shtilkind of Leon M. Goldstein High School was a triple winner at the Mayor's Cup Championships Presented By Reliance Communications which concluded Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The Stony Brook bound senior and top seed of the girls' varsity division, led her team to its first Mayor's Cup team title upsetting perennial champions St. Francis Prep and then followed by defending her singles title, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Queens native and Benjamin Cardozo High School's, Rebecca Fakas. She was also named to the All-Scholastic Team selected by the Mayor's Cup Tournament Committee.
The Mayor's Cup showcases some of New York City's best student-athletes competing for the prestigious all-scholastic title. Three players from NYJTL's Tournament Team reached the finals, including Christian Gloria of Queens, who competed in the Boys' Middle School final; Alexus Gill, who was the top seed and played in the Girls' Middle School final; and senior and Johns Hopkins University bound Christopher Jou, who captured the Boys' Varsity Doubles title with partner Leon Pan.
More than 100 New York City youngsters attended NYJTL's 10 & Under carnival held prior to the start of the matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Face painting, carnival games, a Quickstart tournament for nine of NYJTL's Aces Clubs after school programs, tennis prizes, and a live DJ entertained the youngsters prior to the finals matches which they watched.
Following match play, NYJTL presented awards to all the division winners and announced the recipients of the prestigious scholarships and the coveted Sportsmanship Awards. Scholarships can be used for training and for college tuition. Among the 13 award recipients were six NYJTL Tournament Team players: Isabelle Balilo, Christopher Jou, Stephanie Ranches, Marylen Santos, Whitney Schott, and Bojidar Todorov, all from Queens, New York.
Boys' Middle School Singles Event - Finals:  
Ananth Raghavan def. Christian Gloria (4) - 6-1; 6-0
Boys' Varsity School Singles Event - Finals:  
Jeremy Kochman (12) def. Andew Aranboldi (7) - 6-3; 4-6; 6-1
Girls' Varsity School Singles Event - Finals:
Becky Shtilkind (1) def. Rebecca Fakas - 6-1; 6-0
Girls' Middle School Singles Event - Finals:
Aleksandra Bekirova (2) def. Alexus Gill (1) - 6-3; 6-2
Boys' Varsity School Doubles Event - Finals:  
Christopher Jou/Leon Pan (1) def. Jeremy Klapper/Sam Schwarz - 6-3; 6-2
Girls' Varsity School Doubles Event - Finals:  
Nakia Miller/Steliana Fakas (2) def. Julia Gokhberg/Dina Levy-Lambert (3) - 6-4; 7-5
2012 Mayor's Cup Award Recipients:
Varsity Awards:
Brian Watkins Award for Leadership
Girl - Becky Shtilkind (Leon M. Goldstein High School), Brooklyn, NY
Boy - James Ruben (Horace Mann), Bronx, NY
Kae Jones Varsity School Sportsmanship Award
Girl - Whitney Schott (The Kew Forest School), Queens, NY
Boy - Jeremy Kochman (Poly Preparatory School), Brooklyn, NY
Cary Leeds Memorial Scholarship
Girl - Stephanie Ranches (Francis Lewis High School), Queens, NY
Boy - Christopher Jou (Stuyvesant High School), Manhattan, NY
Jana Hunsaker Memorial Award
Girl - Marylen Santos (St. Francis Preparatory School), Queens, NY
Kyle Barton Award
Boy - Win Smith (The Beacon School), Manhattan, NY
High Team GPA Team Award
Girls - Stuyvesant
Boys - Stuyvesant
Middle School Awards
Carrington/Lahens Award for Sportsmanship
Boy - Nicholas Pustilnik (IS 239K), Brooklyn, NY
Feinberg and Strasser Memorial Award
Girl - Isabelle Balilo (Benjamin Cardozo), Queens, NY
Boy - Bojidar Todorov (JHS 190 Q), Queens, NY
Mayor's Cup All Stars:
  1. Andrew Arniboldi
  2. Justin Fields
  3. Christopher Jou
  4. Jeremy Kochman
  5. Hugh Mo 
  6. Leon Pan
  7. Lucas Pickering
  8. Win Smith
  9. Jake Sosonkin
  10. Christian Waldron
  1. Katie Derienzo
  2. Rebecca Fakas
  3. Steliana Fakas
  4. Isis Gill
  5. Arielle Griffin
  6. Destiny Grunin
  7. Nakia Miller
  8. Becky Shtilkind
  9. Alexis Tashiro
  10. Sabrina Xiong
Honorable Mention:
  1. Sami Chahi 
  2. Nicole Druzhishy
  3. Dough Mo 
  4. Whitney Schott 
  5. Maria Shelshueith
About Mayor's Cup: The Mayor's Cup, hosted by the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), is second only to the US Open in the number of players competing in one tournament, bringing together more than 600 participants from New York City's public, private and parochial schools. The tournament attracts some of the best players from throughout the New York City metropolitan area competing in 11 different categories for boys and girls in middle school and high school.
About NYJTL: The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) offers comprehensive school and community tennis and education programs throughout New York's five boroughs bringing tennis to 100,000 youth annually from ages 6-18. To reach its goals, NYJTL mobilizes the support of the community, corporate citizens, foundations, organizations and individuals who are committed to achieving net gains for kids. NYJTL is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the United States. For more information, visit www.nyjtl.org or call (347) 417-8156. 


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