MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
No one has earned this distinction more than once with a greater gap between awards than Marc Thomas. Eleven years ago in 1997, he earned his first Player of the Year award. In 2008, Thomas collected the most overall titles of any man on the COGP tour. He was the singles champion at Bexley and Reynoldsburg and won doubles titles at Bexley, Academy and Reynoldsburg. He was also the doubles finalist at the Masters. With the #2 men's singles ranking and a ranking of #4 in men's doubles, Marc Thomas was named the 2008 Male Player of the Year.
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Year after year, Lucy Mitchell continues to add to her records as the COGP's most successful player. This past summer, she won women's singles titles at Bexley, Westerville and Reynoldsburg and was a finalist at Worthington. In mixed doubles, she won at Groveport, was a finalist at the Central Ohio tournament and a semifinalist at Pickerington. With #1 rankings in singles and mixed doubles, Mitchell was named the Female Player of the Year for the sixth time.
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In one of the tightest races for number one in any division on the COGP summer tour, Jim Nelson finished #2 in the rankings. However, he collected the most men's 55 singles titles by winning at Gahanna, Academy, New Albany, Worthington and the Masters. He also had a direct win over the top ranked player in their only meeting last summer. For his outstanding performance in 2008, Nelson was named the Senior Player of the Year.
JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
With all the different age groups for both boys and girls, sometimes it's hard for junior players to stand out from the crowd. Last summer, David Seckel made a statement loud and clear. He started the year slowly with quarterfinal finishes in boys' 14 singles at the Penn New Year tournament and Gahanna. Then he found his stride with a runner-up finish at Bexley followed by titles at Groveport, the Central Ohio, Academy, another runner-up finish at Worthington and more titles at Westerville and Reynoldsburg. He also won doubles titles at Bexley (boys' 14 doubles) and Groveport (boys' 18 doubles). For his outstanding performance in 2008, David Seckel was named the Junior Player of the Year.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
This player went from #12 in 2007 to #4 last summer in the men's singles rankings on the strength of winning his first COGP title. He was also a quarterfinalist at New Albany and the Masters, reached the semis at Gahanna and the finals at Worthington. His title came at Dublin with a win over the top ranked player. For his solid performance on the 2008 COGP tour, Andrew Losinske was named the Most Improved Player.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
In her debut on the COGP tour, Casey Buccilla rose all the way to #3 in the girls' 16 singles rankings. She won titles at Bexley and the Central Ohio tournament. She was also the backdraw champion at Tennisfax and reached the semis at Academy. For her solid performance during her inaugural COGP summer tour, Buccilla was named the 2008 Newcomer of the Year.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After missing the entire 2007 COGP season, Mark Fazzina returned to the tour to become the #5 ranked men's 45 singles player. He was a semifinalist at Bexley and Reynoldsburg and reached the finals at the Masters. For his solid return to COGP competition, Fazzina was named the Comeback Player of the Year.
SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Each year, it seems harder to notice players who show the qualities of good sportsmanship. Rarely do you hear a player compliment an opponent for a good shot. Few players show graciousness in defeat anymore. Most players don't even seem to be enjoying their tennis. Patrick Williamson is the exception. As a result, Williamson is clearly deserving of the Shane Roush Sportsmanship award for 2008.
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