SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ - Jeffrey Rodgers cemented his place in the annals of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sports record books, winning his historic 100th tennis match, all at first singles, with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Elizabeth.
The senior and Fairfield commit has accomplished the almost mathematically impossible, winning an average of 25 matches each year of his career to reach the century mark, something done by only a precious few in the history of New Jersey scholastic tennis.
Almost lost in the result of the highly anticipated accomplishment by Rodgers was the fact that the rest of the team eviscerated their foes from Elizabeth to sweep the match, 5-0. Senior Matthew Haas, reached the 50-win mark for his career, winning his match 6-1, 6-3 at 2nd singles.
At third singles, senior Cobi Silverstein soundly defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-0.
The first doubles tandem of sophomore Ewan Jones and freshman Brandon Glickstein nearly pulled off a "golden set" winning 24 of the 25 points played in the first set on their way to a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.
Junior Andrew Ray and sophomore Rob Viglione won the final point in the second doubles match, 6-1, 6-1.
With the win, the SPFHS boys varsity tennis team extended their winning streak to eight matches, and now sports an impressive 17-5 mark overall for the season.
Coach Gary Wasserman's 14th-ranked squad next faces Mendham in the semifinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament on Thursday, at 4 p.m. at LaGrande Park.