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Providence Christian's Sydney Hrehor

Sydney Hrehor

• School: Providence Christian

• Class: Sophomore

• Noteworthy:

• Named second-team All-County by the Daily Post as a freshman last season. Posted a 19-1 at No. 1 singles for the Storm

• Was ranked as high as the top 10 in Georgia and No. 150 in the nation in Girls 16s before offseason injury that required surgery

• Listed as a 2-star prospect and the No. 19 sophomore in Georgia and No. 126 in the Southeast by tennisrecruiting.net

• Favorite pro player: Novak Djokovic

• Nickname: Syd

* Best player in Gwinnett County that’s not me: Ashley Bentz

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

• Coach Anne Crist’s take: “I am extraordinarily impressed w Sydney’s work ethic and fighter mentality. She has had to overcome some significant health challenges but has done that with courage and grace. She is a great role model for the Providence team.”

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North Gwinnett’s Lindsay Kahren

Lindsay Kahren

• School: North Gwinnett

• Class: Sophomore

• Noteworthy:

• Selected second-team All-County by the Daily Post as a freshman last season

• Went 13-2 in No,. 2 singles play for the Bulldogs in 2019

• Will play No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs this spring

• Ranked No. 30 in Georgia Girls 16s division and No. 15 in Georgia Girls 14s by the USTA in 2019

• Won the 2019 USTA Georgia Road To Masters tournament

• Placed third in the Georgia State Junior Open

• Also a standout for North’s volleyball program

• Favorite athlete: Petra Kvitova

• Best player in Gwinnett County who is not me: Nicole Eigbedion

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

• Twitter Handle: @KahrenLindsay

• Coach Katie Massey’s take: “Lindsay is such a fun player both on and off of the court. She brings so much energy and drive to whatever she is doing. The players and I all agree that she is human sunshine and we're fortunate to have her as such a special part of this team. We can't wait to see her take the court in the number one singles position for 2020.”

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Norcross’ Payton Kane

Payton Kane

• School: Norcross

• Class: Junior

• Noteworthy:

• Was first-team All-County selection by the Daily Post as sophomore last season after going 11-3 at No. 1 singles for the Blue Devils

• Currently ranked No. 28 in Georgia Girls 18s by the USTA

• Listed as a 3-star prospect, the No. 23 junior in Georgia and No. 98 in the Southeast by tennisrecruiting.net

• Has won titles in the Southern 3s, National 3s and Natonal 4s tournaments

• Favorite pro player: Rafael Nadal

• Nickname: Paytato

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Brooke Despriet

• Favorite surface to play on: Clay

• Coach Aileen Pollitz’s take: “Payton has been a leader for Norcross since she her freshmen year. Every match she steps up for her teammates and delivers big. She is very calm on the court during a match, but her big personality shines through on our team and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes.”

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Alex Mann

Alexandria Mann

• School: Buford

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Super Six selection for the second straight year

• Was second-team All-County selection by the Daily Post as a sophomore last season

• Amassed a 19-1 record playing at No. 1 singles for the Wolves in 2019

• Named the team’s MVP as a freshman in 2018

• 2016 Georgia State Open Champion

• 2017 Peach State Singles Champion

• Favorite pro player: Roger Federer

• Nickname: Alex

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Caitlyn Munson

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

• Coach Sean Gilbet’s take: “Alex has been a steady player for us the last two years. She fought through a painful injury that limited her court time last year.  In spite of that, she continued to compete at a high level and take care of our number one spot with great play.  Alex is also a classy, poised young woman that represents our program so well.”

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Lanier’s Jaelyn Smith

Jaelyn Smith

• School: Lanier

• Class: Sophomore

• Noteworthy:

• Was third-team All-County selection by the Daily Post as a freshman last season

• Amassed a 19-1 recored playing a No. 1 singles for the Longhorns in 2019

• Named 2019 Region 8-AAAAAA Girls Player of the Year

• Finished third nationally at USTA Junior Team Tennis

• Currently ranked No. 69 in Georgia Girls 16s by the USTA

• Listed as a 2-star prospect and the No. 33 sophomore in Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net

• Favorite pro player: Sophia Kenin

• Nickname: J.J.

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Alex Mann

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

• Twitter handle: @jestennis

• Coach Leslie Ann Phillips’ take: “This is the first season I've had the opportunity to coach Jaelyn, but she is the epitome of a student-athlete. She's involved at school, but she trains hard on the court, too. Both the Lanier boys' and girls' teams really look up to her as a leader even though she's only a sophomore. She's soft-spoken but fierce on the court, making everything look effortless. She lets her game do the talking, and she's fun to watch.”

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Brookwood’s Emma Withrow

Emma Withrow

• School: Brookwood

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Selected to Super Six for the second straight year

• Played No. 2 singles to help the Broncos to the Region 8-AAAAAAA championship as a junior in 2019

• Named All-State as a doubles players during her freshman and sophomore seasons

• Will play No. 1 singles this season

• Favorite pro player: Roger Federer

• Nickname: Em Dog

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Caitlyn Munson

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

Twitter handle (if applicable): @embem_16

• Coach Rachel McElroy’s take: “This is my first year (as head coach), so I haven’t seen her much. But on the court as far as being a leader, she’s a great kid. She’s everything we want to embody in a Brookwood Bronco athlete.”

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Peachtree Ridge’s Simar Bajwa

Simar Bajwa

• School: Peachtree Ridge

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Super Six selection for the second straight year

• Posted a 14-3 record at No. 1 singles for the Lions as a junior last season

• First-Team All-County selection by the Daily Post as a sophomore in 2018

• Ranked as high as No. 30 in Southern Region and No. 3 in Georgia by the USTA

• Carries a 10 UTR in singles and 11 in doubles

• Listed as a 2-star prospect and the No. 17 senior in Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net

• Will attend college at either Georgia Tech or Georgia

• Favorite pro player: Roger Federe

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Brady Todd

• Nicknames: Stonewall Simar, Sim card

• Favorite surface to play on: Hard court

•Twitter handle: @SimarB373

• Coach Callie Fernandez’s take: “Simar has been an absolute pleasure to coach. It has been amazing to witness his commitment to the sport and how much he has improved since his freshman year.  He is a huge asset to our team and I am so proud of all of his accomplishments.  Simar is not only a leader on the court, but also excels in the classroom.  I can't wait to see the leadership role he takes with the team this year.”

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Mill Creek’s Andre Izadi

Andre Izadi

• School: Mill Creek

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Named to Daily Post's third-team All-County after going 10-7 at No. 1 singles as a sophomore in 2019

• No. 29 in the most recent Georgia Boys 16s rankings and No. 53 in Georgia Boys 18s by the USTA

•Listed as a 2-star prospect and the No. 35 senior in Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net

• Has UTR of 9.11 in singles and 10.70 in doubles

• Favorite pro player: Rafael Nadal

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Manu Pareek

• Coach Tim Schroer’s take: “Andre is a gritty detail oriented player who works hard on the court as well as in the classroom. He is a great leader for our program. I am excited to see how his game will continue to evolve over the next two years.”

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North Gwinnett’s Josh Kim

Josh Kim

• School: North Gwinnett

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Named second-team All-County by the Daily Post last season

• Posted a 15-4 record at No. 2 singles for the Bulldogs in 2019

•Top 10 in USTA Georgia's Boys 18s rankings

• Listed as a 3-star recruit, ranked No. 12 senior in Georgia and No. 68 in the Southeast by tennisrecruiting.net

• Has several Division I college offers

• Carries a 10.20 UTR

• Favorite pro player: Nick Kyrgios

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Isaac Park

• Favorite surface to play on: Clay

• Instagram handle: joshuaaaaakim

• Coach Starr Shuler’s take: “From one season to the next, Josh always shows tremendous growth in his game, and this season is no exception. I can always depend on him to play with the highest level of strength and consistency, making him a great asset moving into his final season with the program.”

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North Gwinnett’s Matthew Sloan

Matthew Sloan

• School: North Gwinnett

• Class: Junior

• Noteworthy:

• Named Super Six for the second straight year

• Named 2019 Daily Post Boys Player of the Year after posting a 17-2 record at No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs last season

• Was undefeated against Gwinnett County competition as a junior a year ago

• Ranked in the top 10 in Georgia and top 50 in the Southeast by the USTA

• Listed as a 3-star prospect, ranked No. 7 junior in Georgia and No. 59 in the Southeast by tennisrecruiting.net

• Favorite pro player: Rafael Nadal

• Best player who’s not me: Josh Kim

• Favorite surface to play on: Grass

• Twitter handle: @Matthew_sloan1

* Instagram handle: Matthew.sloan1

• Coach Starr Shuler’s take: “Matthew has always been an amazing competitor, but he has also grown a lot as a leader. His leadership on and off the court will undoubtedly help to take this team far this season.”

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Buford’s Brady Todd

Brady Todd

• School: Buford

• Class: Senior

• Noteworthy:

• Selected to Super Six for the third straight year

• Named first-team All-County by the Daily Post as a junior last season

• Posted a perfect 20-0 record at No. 1 singles for the Wolves in 2019

• Listed as a 2-star prospect, the No. 19 senior in Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net

• Favorite athlete: Roger Federer

• Nickname: B

• Best player in Gwinnett County who is not me: Simar Bajwa

• Favorite surface to play on: Clay

• Coach Sean Gilbert’s take: “Him being at No. 1 (singles), … he lines everything else up for us. I mean, he’s taking everybody’s best shot, just like Alex (Mann) did (for the girls team). He’s taking everybody’s best shot and best player, and he has not backed down since he was a freshman. I can’t say enough about him, his competitive nature and just the skill that he has built over the years.”

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North Gwinnett’s Frank Zhou

Frank Zhou

• School: North Gwinnett

• Class: Junior

• Noteworthy:

• Super Six selection by the Daily Post for the second straight season

• Named third-team All-County by the Daily Post as a junior for the Bulldogs last year

• Went undefeated against all Gwinnett County foes and in Region 6-AAAAAAA play at No. 3 singles in 2019

• Listed as a 3-star recruit and the No. 23 junior in Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net

• Ranked No. 82 in Georgia's Boys 18s by the USTA

• Carries a 10 UTR

• 2018 USTA Scholar Athlete of the Year

• Favorite pro player: Coco Gauff

• Nickname: Fwankington

• Best player in Gwinnett County who’s not me: Raja Srinivasan

• Favorite surface to play on: Hardcourt

• Twitter/Instagram handles: @fwankington

• Coach Starr Shuler’s take: “Frank always displays the absolute best attitude and is an excellent team player. He is willing to step into whatever role the team needs from him for us to collectively be our most successful.”

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Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.

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