St. Augustine High School Tennis Tradition
St. Augustine High School has a rich tradition of conducting a competitive tennis program that has produced local, regional, national, and international tennis champions over the last seventy-five years. The Saints program is committed to nurturing the development of ranked tournament-level players as well as beginning and novice players who progress steadily over a four-year period.
Saintsmen have won numerous local, Southern California, and national championships. Chief among them are Franklin Johnson, Carlos Carriedo, and Walter Redondo. Johnson in the 1950s won the national boys doubles and later became an All-American at UCLA and president of the United States Tennis Association. Carriedo, Saints Class of 1965, won national boys hardcourt titles and was a finalist in doubles at the National Boys Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Redondo, a 1976 Saints alumnus, won many national singles and doubles titles, including the National Boys 16 Championships and represented the United States at the Junior Wimbledon Championships. These individuals have been inducted into the St. Augustine School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Balboa Tennis club (BTC) in Balboa Park is the home site of the Saints tennis program over the last seven decades. The BTC facility is one of the finest public tennis complexes in the United States, providing 25 lighted, well maintained hard courts and has been identified by the USTA for its excellence. Team member receive a junior membership at the club as part of their participation on the Saints squad and are able to use the facilities throughout the entire year.
During the 2018 season, the St. Augustine High School tennis team will participate in the Eastern League, competing against Cathedral Catholic, Madison, Mira Mesa, Christian, and Serra High Schools. They will also play non-league matches against Bishops, Francis Parker, Steele Canyon, Helix, Grossmont, La Jolla, Coronado, and Patrick Henry high schools.
The season opens on February 10, 2018 with tryouts beginning of February 12 through the 14 when the team selection is announced. Mandatory team and parent meeting in the BTC Clubhouse on Wednesday, February 14th at 4:00 pm.
The Saints team consists of a 22 member Varsity squad and a 25 member Junior Varsity squad. This year’s Varsity will be led by incoming freshman, Noah Zamora who has achieved a high Southern California and national ranking. Seniors AJ Gilcrest, Matthew Herrera, Aslan Sarabia, and junior, John Dye will serve as captains. Other returning lettermen providing additional strength are Roger Alvarez, Sebastian Blanchet, Guillermo Fernandez, Eugenio Casta, Enrique Mieryteran, Raul Urrutia, Daniel McCullogh, and Bruce Yee Rodriquez. Jose Enrique Santana, Matt Blodgett, Thomas Zamora, and Carlos Lopez-Tenorio round out the team.
An usually strong Junior Varsity will be led by Austin Williams, Alec Stonehouse, Ricardo Curiel, Jose Kruer, Andy Orletsky, and Eric Rieger. It is likely that several of these players will move to the Varsity level as the season progresses.
For more information contact head coach Ruben Carriedo.