Congratulations to Ayanna and Brooke on winning three matches in doubles play at the IHSA Class 1A girls tennis state tournament on Oct. 21-22, 2021! The senior duo opened with a win before dropping into the consolation bracket with a second-round loss. They rallied to win in the consolation second round and third round, earning the chance to continue playing into Friday's second day of the tournament. Their run ended with a fourth-round loss. Ayanna and Brooke each had qualified for the state tournament as singles players in past seasons, but elected to compete in doubles at the state level for [...]
Varsity girls tennis tied for third at the sectional tournament on Oct. 15, 2021, with six Warriors competing in singles and doubles. Ayanna and Brooke teamed up to win the doubles championship, qualifying to return to the IHSA Class 1A state tournament for the third and second times, respectively. Celia, Jada, and the doubles team of Michaela and Madison also chipped in as the Warriors posted a strong showing at sectionals. MPA’s boys and girls tennis programs have sent players to the state tournament in 19 of the past 21 years, including 2009 and 2011 state singles champion Jerricka Boone.
By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Ayanna King qualified for the state tennis tournament in her freshman and sophomore seasons for Morgan Park Academy (MPA). Last season, her junior year, was heavily impacted by the pandemic as the Illinois High School Association allowed a sectional meet but not a state tournament. Now in her senior year, King wants to qualify again for state and then pile up some state tournament wins. “I want to make it to state and do 100 times better than I have done,” King said. “High school goes by so fast. I’m looking forward to having a [...]
Varsity girls tennis wrapped up a shortened fall season last weekend at the IHSA sectional tournament, with six Warriors competing in singles and doubles. In singles play, Brooke won two matches before falling in the quarterfinals, while Ayanna got tripped up by a tough first-round matchup. Both girls qualified last year for the state tournament, which has been canceled this season. In doubles, the duo of Michaela and Taylor also won two matches to reach the quarterfinals, and Celia and Jada won one match. Nice work, Warriors!
By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review There were days this spring during the quarantine and into the summer when Brooke Anderson just didn’t feel like practicing. But heading into her junior year at Morgan Park Academy (MPA), Anderson knew she needed to be on the tennis courts as much as possible. So after finishing her schoolwork, Anderson headed to the courts and put in the practice time. She’s glad she did. Anderson has been a rock at No. 2 singles for MPA this season behind two-time state qualifier Ayanna King at No. 1 singles. >> CONTINUE READING AT THE BEVERLY REVIEW
By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Samuela Kosipa wasn’t sure what to expect from her six-week summer internship. However, the Morgan Park Academy (MPA) senior knew she would make the best out of the situation. Kosipa interned with the Greenwood Project, an organization that introduces youths to careers in the financial industry, with the intent of building a diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the industry. “I might not have thought of signing up, but after six weeks, you consider it as a career option,” Kosipa said. “People from different institutes and companies talked to us. It was a lot [...]
Sports is back! Our school photographer caught up with the varsity girls tennis team at the season opener on Sept. 2, 2020. >> BEVERLY REVIEW: WARRIORS SET FOR FALL SEASON PHOTO SLIDESHOW >> SEE MORE PHOTOS
Look who's going to state! MPA sophomores Ayanna King and Brooke Anderson both qualified for the Class 1A girls tennis state tournament with standout performances at IHSA sectionals on Oct. 18, 2019, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in singles play. Ayanna, who also reached state last year, compiled a 9-5 record as the Warriors’ No. 1 singles player this season; Brooke was 14-2 at No. 2 singles. They placed fifth and third in their respective draws at the ISL conference tournament. They will play at the state tournament Oct. 24-25 in Buffalo Grove. MPA’s veteran-laden squad also had two doubles teams [...]
MPA honored the best of the fall sports season with an awards banquet for Upper and Middle School teams on Oct. 30, 2018. Angela Cabrera, Brandon Chan, Samaria Harris, Zara Hashmi, Dillon Leonard, and Eli Moss were recognized as top players for Upper School golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and girls volleyball. Ava Barker, Isabella Cabello, Annika Echols, Ayanna King, Maya Lopez, Carter Middleton, Alexus Spann, Mia Wallace, Bradley White, and Julie Zigman also received individual awards at the varsity and junior varsity level. Andrew Cabrera, Riley Cleveland, Anna Sheppard, and Aiden Vujevic were recognized for Middle School achievements. 2018 Upper [...]
It was a banner weekend for the MPA varsity girls tennis team, as freshman Ayanna King and the senior duo of Angela Cabrera and Zara Hashmi combined to finish second at IHSA sectionals Oct. 12-13, qualifying for the Class 1A state tournament. Ayanna placed third in singles, while Angela and Zara teamed to finish fourth in doubles. They will play at states Oct. 18-20 in Buffalo Grove. This continues a long run of success for MPA girls tennis. Since 2000 the varsity program has sent players to the state tournament in 14 of 19 seasons, including Jerricka Boone, who won the state [...]