2006-06-16 / Sports

Featherston Coasts to Mayor's Cup H.S.Tennis Title

By Elio Velez

Shinann Featherston swings at the USTA Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows. Photo By George Tsourovakas Shinann Featherston swings at the USTA Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows. Photo By George Tsourovakas It was as dominant a performance in the young tennis career of Rockaway Park's Shinnan Featherstone. The St. Francis Prep High School sophomore would easily capture her second consecutive Mayor's Cup singles championship with a 6-0, 6-1 two set victory over teammate Katarina Kovacevic at the United States Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park last Sunday.

She was as strong in her serve and mixed her forehand and backhand shots well enough to keep Kovacevic off-balanced in a match that took about 45 minutes to complete.

The win was nothing new for the just turned 16 year old as Featherson successfully defended the championship she won in her freshman season.

The accolades have gone her way so far as she currently ranks #1 by the Eastern Tennis Association in the 16 year and 18 year old girls' singles division. She's had to balance the workload of playing competitive high school and outside tournaments, a classroom schedule and a normal teenage life.

"I'm very excited to win in my second year. I'm very honored to get all these awards but it comes with a lot of hard work," Featherston, who says she will compete in nationwide tournaments in Tennesee and San Jose, California this summer.

St. Francis Prep head tennis coach John Brennan says he's had the quite pleasure of coaching Shinann, who he says has more than enough ability to play at the some of the top powerhouse universities in the country.

"She has a combination of great physical skill and great mental toughness. Shinnan has the best mental attitude, great competitor, does not mind pressure in fact she likes it. Not many athletes will do that. She likes the challenge."

It's a family trait that has led to quite a successful and remarkable run for the St. Francis Prep tennis program who knows all about how to win.

Shinann's 18 year old sister Martina captured the doubles championship on Sunday in the Mayor's Cup with partner Katherine Sorokko. Ellenioira, who is currently plying her trade at Fordham University, was the first sister of the family to start a dynasty which has stretched seven years and 116 consecutive victories as a team.

"It's no coincidence that we haven't lost a match as long as we had a Featherston on the team," Brennan said.

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