June 11, 2015

(Newark, NJ) – The 2015 Group 4 State Champion Livingston High School Boys Tennis Team was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during its Wednesday, June 10th, meeting held at the Hall of Records in Newark.  The Board’s Commendation was sponsored and presented by Freeholders Patricia Sebold of Livingston and Leonard M. Luciano of West Caldwell, a Livingston H. S. graduate.

The Livingston H. S. Boys Tennis Team was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for winning the 2015 Group 4 State Championship at the Board’s June 10th meeting at the Hall of Records in Newark.  Also pictured above with the team are: Freeholder Leonard Luciano (1st row, far left), Freeholder Patricia Sebold (1st row, far right), and Head Coach Elliot Lovi (back row, center).  (Photo by Glen Frieson)


“This presentation is an especially happy occasion for me and Freeholder Luciano”, said Freeholder Sebold.  “I have lived in Livingston for more than four decades, my two children graduated from Livingston High School, and I have two grandchildren there right now!  And as for his part, Freeholder Luciano is a Lancer himself, having graduated from Livingston High School not too long ago!  So it gives us great pleasure to honor the Livingston Lancer Boys Tennis Team who enjoyed a fantastic season which that culminated in winning the Group 4 State Championship.”  Sebold also paused to pay tribute to Head Coach Elliot Lovi who was named the “Boys Tennis Coach of the Year” by earlier in the day.

“I didn’t play tennis as a Lancer, I played ice hockey”, said Freeholder Luciano, “but I was always very aware of the tennis program’s great tradition of success, and I am so happy to see that the tradition lives on.”  He went on to say, “It is with great pleasure that we present the team and the coaches with these

well-deserved Commendations celebrating your state championship, and for making this Lancer very proud.”

“These guys would not quit, they just never quit”, said Coach Lovi.  “Our theme this year was ‘to compete’, and that’s exactly what they did the entire season.  To illustrate how they competed all the time, this year they won six super tie-breakers… these are real pressure situations… winning five of them, and we also won 20 out of 28 tie-breakers, so this is an unbelievable group.”

“I’d like to thank the freeholders for having us here today and it’s really an honor representing Livingston and Essex County”, said senior Captain Dennis Li.  “It was a great season, we fought through a lot of tough moments, but in the end coming up with the Group 4 championship was really worth it, and being here today is truly an honor.”

Senior Captain Anthony Caputo thanked his teammates saying, “We couldn’t have done it without every one of you”, and thanked Coach Lovi and Coach “C” (Paul Cirlincione).  He concluded his remarks saying, “and lastly I want to thank our parents, for always being there for us and supporting us in our matches.”

The Lancers won their state championship when they defeated Westfield High School (3-2) on Wednesday, May 20th, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.  In state tournament play they first defeated Passaic H.S. (5-0), Bergen Tech (5-0) and then Randolph H.S. (5-0) to win the North 2, Group 4 Sectional Championship on May 18th, before going on to defeat Montgomery H.S. (4½-½) and then Westfield to capture the Group 4 State Championship, thereby propelling the team into the Tournament of Champions (TOC) where it defeated Holmdel H.S. (4-1) in the semifinals to reach the TOC Championship match.

In the lead-up to the state tournament competition, the team also won the Lancer Tennis Showdown, the Newark Academy Invitational Tennis Tournament and the Essex County Championship, and completed its Super Essex Conference season with a record of 10-2.  Additionally, the Doubles Team of Earl Hsieh and Jessie Korovin won the Essex County Doubles Championship.  The Lancers finished their Group 4 State Championship season with a superlative overall record of 33-4 while also winning the program’s 19th sectional championship and 8th group title overall.

The Livingston High School Boys Tennis Team is comprised of: Seniors Captain Anthony Caputo, Captain Dennis Li, Jason Kim, Brian Pinke and Michael Segal; Juniors Harrison Chiger, Sam Farber, Jessie Korovin, Justin Patel, Elan Rom and Kevin Xu; and Sophomores Earl Hsieh and Austin Sertner.  The team was coached by Elliot Lovi and Paul Cirlincione.

Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold is currently serving her eighth full term on the Board, while Livingston H. S. alumnus Freeholder Leonard Luciano is currently serving his second full term representing District 4, which includes Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange

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For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695