By TOM WILLIAMS
The 2nd Decade of the 21st Century began with great success for the Ocean City High School boys tennis team.
George McNally’s Raiders won 19 of 20 matches that spring. It was the most wins in a season by Ocean City in 15 years and the best won-lost record at the school in 35 years. Those Raiders reached the South Jersey final for the first time in 14 years, losing to Moorestown, 3-2, for their only loss.
A big reason was Dan Barrus, who is the OCHS Player of the Decade for the 2nd Decade. He was also the Raider Player of the Decade in the First Decade (2000-09). Only Jeff Michner in golf has ever been an OCHS Player of the Decade in two different decades.
Barrus won 29 times in 2010, the most ever by an Ocean City player at No. 1 singles. The old record, by Joe Carey, was 26. He finished his career with 86 wins, also the school record at No. 1 singles.
Joining Dan Barrus as singles players on the 2nd Decade All Star Team are Chris Barrus and Zach Shutz. Chris played only one season – 2010 as a freshman – and finished 29-3 at No. 2 singles behind his brother. In fact, Chris lost to Dan, 7-5,7-5, in the Cape-Atlantic League singles championship match. He transferred to Florida after his freshmen year. Shutz played No. 1 singles for Ocean City in 2011 and 2012. Like the Barrus brothers, he was chosen a first team all star in the CAL.
In doubles, the two teams selected to the 2nd Decade All Stars are Bill Cundiff and Chris Masusock from 2016 and Jacob Simone and Jared Neill from 2017. Both teams were selected CAL first team all stars. Cundiff and Masusock became the first OCHS doubles team to qualify for the NJSIAA Doubles Tournament.
More about OCHS boys tennis is available here.
But the best player in the second decade of this century in boys tennis was the same player from the first decade – Dan Barrus. He follows Joe Carey (1990s), Brian King (80s) and Don Barton (70s) as Ocean City High School Boys Tennis Players of the Decade.
Next week – the Softball Team of the Decade.
OCHS Boys Tennis in the 2nd Decade
The 2nd Decade Raider Boys Tennis Team
Singles…..Dan Barrus (2010)
Singles…..Chris Barrus (2010)
Singles…..Zach Shutz (2012)
Doubles…..Bill Cundiff-Chris Masusock (2016)
Doubles…..Jacob Simone-Jared Neill (2017)