Through 13 seasons and 189 consecutive wins, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team has remained close to untouchable.
And it might prove the case again in 2011, as the Hornets opened last Thursday with a 7-0 sweep of Cicero-North Syracuse that extended the streak to 190.
Mike Mintskovsky led the singles charge, working his way past Ryan Adams 6-2, 6-0. Next to him, Wilbert Geng topped Anthony Mann 6-0, 6-1 and Nick Westergaard had a 6-1, 6-0 romp over Kevin Tubolino.
The doubles matches brought similar results. Sam Badalian and Alex Martin teamed up to get past Colin Crooks and David Scorzelli 6-2, 6-2, as Alex McCarthy and Kunal Sangani got past Vinz Buettner and Jacob Werksman 6-0, 6-1.
Meanwhile, in first doubles Danny and James Miron put together a 6-0, 6-2 win over Phillip Knoop and Tyler Smith. Eric Rosenthal and Scott Trobert beat Scott Brye and Sean Starkweather 6-0, 6-0.
As this went on, Jamesville-DeWitt moved to 2-0 on the season with its own 7-0 shutout of Chittenango.
Like F-M, the Red Rams did not drop a single set against the Bears. Abraham Davis and Amir Nazem each won singles matches by 6-0, 6-1 margins over, respectively, Scott Mohr and Caleb Mannix. Jack Alexander took out Daiki Terada 6-0, 6-3 as Allen Zhou earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Josh Carpenter.
In doubles, Noah Kaplan and Jim Quartier did go through a first-set tie-breaker, but still beat David Beagle and David Bethka 7-6, 6-2. Erik Davis and Reed Tso got past Chase Martin and Corey Rivet 6-2, 6-4, with Andrew Lee and David Zhang handling Josh Bunce and Tanner Makowski 6-0, 6-1.
East Syracuse-Minoa lost to Mexico 4-3 despite Parker Stone and Brandon Stone allowing just three games in straight-set singles wins over, respectively, Ian Brooks and Dana Rowe. Tyler Underwood edged past Dan Fischer 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. But the Tigers won every doubles match and came out on top.