It’s officially Jaguars Men’s Tennis Day in the Town of Carrboro.
At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle performed a duty that she called “a lot of fun,” and she’s already done it twice during the five months she’s held the office.
That is, she’s twice had the honor of writing a proclamation recognizing a local high school sports team for winning a state championship.
“Now therefore, be it resolved that I, Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 28th as Carrboro Jaguars Men’s Tennis Day; and urge all residents of the Town of Carrboro to take every opportunity to congratulate these players and their coaches for their remarkable achievement, this the 27th day of May, 2014.”
Lavelle said that one of the fun parts was doing the research on the State Champion Carrboro High School Jaguars Men’s Tennis Team – and two months ago, she did the same for the State 3A Champion Chapel Hill Lady Tigers basketball team.
Here’s how Jaguars Day came to be proclaimed in Carrboro today:
“On May 17, 2014, the Jaguars captured their first state tennis title; a resounding 5-0 victory over the Brevard Blue Devils, and won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A State Dual Championship,” Lavelle said.
As Lavelle pointed out, the team had a two-year streak of runner-up finishes before finding that the third time is, indeed, the charm.
The mayor called all the players up front, one-by-one, to stand for a group photo.
While doing so, she singled out the accomplishments of Carrboro High junior Max Fritsch, who was selected as the State Championship’s Most Valuable Player, as well as Conference Player of the Year.
Fritsch is also the team’s most valuable player, as well as a state doubles champion, along with teammate Jacob Zinn.
The mayor also noted freshman Jason Wykoff, who received the State Championship Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, and is the team’s Freshman of the Year.
Jaguars Coach Jon Noyes was there with his team at Town Hall. He got up behind the podium to list the numerous honors that his team members racked up this year.
And then he said this:
“You guys did a fantastic job this year, and I’m really proud of you.”
So if you see a Jaguar from the Men’s Tennis team around Carrboro today, tell him you are, too.