PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education recognized the Plainfield High School Boys Tennis Team at its May 16th meeting for winning the Valley Division of the Union County Athletic Conference, coached by Mr. David Cheung, Carl Dean and Joe Masterson (a volunteer for over six years).

The students represent schools across the City of Plainfield, many coming from diverse schools within the district. The players are: Captain Kyle Russell, UC Tech Scotch Plains; Leonte Wilder, PHS; Savion Wilson, PAAAS; Ronin Anwar, Central Jersey Prep Charter School in Somerset; Kyle Cheung, Academy for Information Tech, South Plainfield; Jahson Clarke, UC Teams; Jusis Page, PHS; Oluwaseun Kaleaye, UC Teams.

"I am honored to be their coach," said Mr. Cheung, who thanked the team for a great season. "The best season Plainfield High School has ever had." Not pictured are Angel Herrera, Yordi Mazariegos, Zaire McCauley, Quran Sherrod and Yessenia Fuente and Miledy Ortega.

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Mr. Donald Van Blake, a Plainfield icon and great mentor of the game of tennis in Plainfield, also was present to honor the students and to congratulate them on the best season ever.  He said, "This is the first tennis team that has received an award for their effort and their coach. I just wanted to come and congratulate them and Mr. Cheung for a job well done."  

 

Van Blake, in whose name the Plainfield School district's tennis courts are dedicated, was a former Buffalo Soldier, member of the U.S.10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.  Although he did not start playing tennis until the age of 55, he became very involved in the game, helping students in schools and in the community love and appreciate the game.  He became the best coach in Plainfield, and in 2008, Mr. Van Blake was inducted into the Junior Tennis Foundation's Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame for his contributions to the tennis community.