Vikes duo dou­bles up

Prep boys ten­nis: Box­all and Thay re­peat as league cham­pi­ons, All-SCV Dou­bles Team of the Year

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer See DOU­BLES, B2

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, the Va­len­cia dou­bles team of Jack­son Box­all and Stephen Thay walk away with the honor of be­ing named the All-SCV Dou­bles Team of the Year.

“I feel like all our hard work has paid off and is be­ing shown,” Box­all said. “We had to go through a lot of men­tal strug­gles to be­come the play­ers we are to­day and it means the world to me.”

On a loaded Vik­ings team where all three of their dou­bles teams fin­ished within the Top 5 of the Foothill League, Box­all and Thay were con­stantly pushed to their lim­its fac­ing their team­mates in prac­tice.

“Go­ing in ev­ery day and com­pet­ing against such strong com­peti­tors in prac­tice just shows how much depth we have and how many strong teams that we put out,” Box­all said. “Every­one just played their hearts out and I’m proud of every­one that made the list.”

As a sopho­more-se­nior combo the two Vik­ings grew their chem­istry over the years af­ter Box­all trans­ferred to Va­len­cia from West Ranch.

“The trans­fer was al­ways in my mind when we were play­ing, but I never fo­cused on that too much,” Box­all

said. “I just wanted to win and I thought Stephen was a great fit.”

Win­ning the Foothill League dou­bles ti­tle af­ter beat­ing the No. 1-seeded West Ranch dou­bles team, Jake An­der­son and Aristo Tu­ralakey, Box­all and Thay picked up their rack­ets again at the CIF-South­ern Sec­tion Boys Ten­nis Sec­tion­als.

“We knew we had a huge tar­get on our backs be­ing the de­fend­ing (league) cham­pi­ons and all that,” Box­all said. “To han­dle the pres­sure, we put to­gether a more IQbased play­ing style in­stead of play­ing with power by us­ing our head in­stead of just smack­ing the ball.”

Fall­ing in the Round of 32, Box­all and Thay made it through to the sec­ond day of play and were the last dou­bles team from the Santa Clarita Val­ley stand­ing at sec­tion­als.

Think­ing back on the year, Thay is con­tent that he was able to have such a suc­cess­ful play­ing ca­reer with Box­all and will al­ways re­mem­ber the time shared on and off the court.

“It’s hard to pick just one mem­ory be­cause of how many times Jack­son and I have been suc­cess­ful as a team,” Thay said. “I would say it has to be warm­ing up with Jack­son dur­ing prac­tice and be­ing able to play a cou­ple rounds with him is just a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

First Team

Jake An­der­son, se­nior and Aristo Tu­ralakey, se­nior, West Ranch

The No.1 dou­bles part­ners through­out the year in the Foothill League, An­der­son and Tu­ralakey headed into Foothill League fi­nals un­de­feated in league play. Af­ter tak­ing down the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Box­all and Thay in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Wild­cats’ duo pushed the Vik­ings’ No. 1 dou­bles team to a third and fi­nal set, but fell 10-4, good for a sec­ond­place Foothill League fin­ish.

Sam Kim, se­nior and Brent Lim, ju­nior, Va­len­cia

Kim and Lim were the No. 4-seeded dou­bles part­ners and moved onto the Foothill League semis af­ter a heated quar­ter­fi­nals match against West Ranch’s Mar­cel Con­tin and Robert Kim in which the Va­len­cia pair won 6-4, 6-2.

Chan Gi Kim, se­nior and Ian Cho, ju­nior, Va­len­cia

As the fi­nal Va­len­cia dou­bles team to make the list, Kim and Cho were in con­stant com­pe­ti­tion with their Vik­ings coun­ter­parts. Head­ing into Foothill League Pre­lims, Kim and Cho were slated with the No. 3 seed and fell to even­tual cham­pi­ons Box­all and Thay in the semis.

Hon­or­able Men­tion

Canyon - Ai­den Kutcher, ju­nior and An­ton Ka­tona, fresh­man

Golden Val­ley - Javi Gon­za­lez, ju­nior and Chris Guerra, ju­nior

Hart - Daniel LaForteza, se­nior and Jeremy Kil­lian, se­nior

Sau­gus - Justin Stan­ford and Sean O’Con­nell

West Ranch - Mar­cel Con­tin, se­nior and Robert Kim, se­nior

Cory Ru­bin/The Sig­nal (See ad­di­tional photos on sig­nalscv.com)

Stephen Thay (left) and Jack­son Box­all (right) are the All-SCV boys ten­nis dou­bles team of the year af­ter once again win­ning the Foothill League dou­bles ti­tle.

File photo

(Top) Va­len­cia’s Jack­son Box­all re­turns a hit at the Foothill League fi­nals while his dou­bles part­ner, Stephen Thay looks on. (Bot­tom) The Vik­ings’ Stephen Thay watches the ball at the Foothill League fi­nals at Paseo Club. Box­all and Thay are the 2018 All-SCV Boys Ten­nis Dou­bles Team of the Year.

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