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About Gary Curreri

Gary Curreri is an award-winning freelance photojournalist based in South Florida. His stories frequent the South Florida Sun Sentinel Community News sections, in addition to providing high school and soccer coverage for the publication. He covers every sport under the sun from pro sports to junior tennis.

Curreri is a former magazine and newspaper editor and has won more than a dozen Florida Press Association and Florida Press Club awards. He is the athletic photographer for Nova Southeastern University and was recognized by Rowing News Magazine as having one of the top rowing photos of the century. In his "spare" time, he's a nationally licensed soccer coach.


Countdown: Kaden Funk Headed to Penn
Five-star senior Kaden Funk has had a great run in junior tennis. Playing in the tennis-rich state of Florida, he has numerous wins over current college players, and he won the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore. Next year, Funk will take his tennis talents and his strong academic skills to the Ivy League and the University of Pennsylvania.

Pietro Rimondini Commits to the Big Red
Blue Chip senior Pietro Rimondini is originally from Italy. The Rimondini family moved to the United States when he was ten years old for better tennis and educational opportunities. The talented 17-year-old from Boca Prep International School has committed to Cornell University where he will continue his tennis career.

Riffice Pulls Through to Claim Gold in Boys 18s
A seven-hour rain delay and a few rounds of pickle ball may have saved Sam Riffice in the boys' 18s final of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Riffice trailed 5-1 in the first set of the title match against fellow Boca Raton resident Alexandre Rotsaert before a downpour forced the competitors off the court. When the pair returned Riffice rallied for a 7-6 (5); 6-3 victory for the first gold ball of his career.

Danny Thomas Wins Boys 16s in South Florida
It wasn't until four years ago that Danny "DJ" Thomas first started taking tennis seriously. Now the talented 15-year-old is taking the sport by storm - literally. Thomas, of Columbus, OH, won his first gold ball in singles as he captured the Boys 16s USTA National Clay Court Championships with a 6-2; 6-4 win over Aleks Huryn (Alpharetta, GA) at the Boca West Country Club.

Coppoc Commits to Georgia
Even though she just completed her sophomore year of high school, Morgan Coppoc has already made her college plans. The 16-year-old Coppoc, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently gave her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. The Blue Chip athlete will graduate high school in 2017.

Countdown: Toledo Commits to Iowa State
It didn't take long for Claudia Toledo to settle on a college destination. She decided to attend Iowa State University after just one visit in early November. She connected with the coaches - Armando Espinosa and Chris Williams - and loved the what the school and tennis program have to offer.

Fall Signing Week '14: Dan Stefan Declares for the Commodores
St. Petersburg's Dan Stefan likes working with cars and engines, so his tennis career should certainly be on the fast track now that he has chosen to play at Vanderbilt University next year.

Makarome Lives Up to Her Name, Commits to Columbia
Star Makarome credits her parents for some "creativity points" with respect to her name - and believes it may have helped her land a spot on a top college tennis program. The Wesley Chapel, Florida teenager recently committed to attend Columbia University in 2015 after an official visit on Sept. 8-9, just the two days before her 17th birthday.

McNally Continues Hot 2014 at 16s Clays
It has been quite a run for John McNally. The talented teen from Cincinnati, Ohio swept through his competition at the USTA Boys' 16 Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Florida by not losing a set all week and captured the third gold ball of his career with a 6-2; 6-2 victory over San Diego, California's Jacob Brumm.

Tate Allwardt to Vanderbilt
Tate Allwardt enjoys the challenges that tennis brings. "I really enjoy competing," said Allwardt, 17, of Boca Raton. "I am a very competitive person, and the one-on-one nature of tennis creates an extremely competitive environment. Next year, Allwardt will take his competitive outlook to Vanderbilt University - when he competes for Commodores this coming fall.

Kennedy Shaffer Heads Between the Hedges
Kennedy Shaffer should fit right in next year as a member of the University of Georgia's women's tennis team. The mascot for the school is a Bulldog, and Shaffer's tenacity both on and off the court should serve her well. The 17-year-old from Rossford, Ohio, recently made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Georgia in 2015.

Renaud Cooks Up Victories, Commits to Georgia Tech
Johnisse Renaud is a self-proclaimed "chef on the rise." Her culinary talents take a back seat to her tennis expertise on the courts, however she has quite the recipe for success. Renaud, 17, is headed to Georgia Tech on a full scholarship to hopefully lead the Yellow Jackets back to a national tennis championship.

Fall Signing Week '13: Kallenberg Headed to Harvard
Nikki Kallenberg has been playing tennis since the age of five, when her mother brought her out to a local park and started feeding her tennis balls. Kallenberg has worked hard at the sport ever since, and that hard work has paid off for the Naples, Florida teenager, who recently gave her verbal commitment to attend Harvard University.

Countdown: Baker Newman a Commodore
Miami's Baker Newman pretty much knew on his visit to Vanderbilt University that it was going to be his college of choice. Newman, 17, a senior at Gulliver Prep, chose Vanderbilt from a cache of five finalists, including Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Illinois, and Miami.

Nishimura Headed to UC Berkeley
J.T. Nishimura said he can't wait to compete in college tennis. "Playing in the Pac 12 conference against schools like USC, UCLA and Stanford will be awesome," said the 17-year-old Nishimura, who recently committed to attend the University of California at Berkeley. "I love being in a team environment."

Chase Perez-Blanco Chooses the Florida Gators
Miami's Chase Perez-Blanco enjoys telling jokes, and he can stare without blinking for an hour. But when it comes to tennis, he is all business. The 17-year-old Perez-Blanco is entering his senior year at Gulliver Prep High School, and he recently committed to play college tennis for the University of Florida next fall.

Kerznerman Prevails in Boys 18s Clays
Danny Kerznerman entered the recent USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships brimming with confidence. The Brooklyn native then found himself down 6-2; 4-2 in the semifinals against second-seeded Henrik Wiersholm before rallying for a 2-6; 7-5; 6-0 victory to advance to the final. Kerznerman went on to capture the second gold ball of his career with a 6-4; 6-3 victory over Mitch Stewart of Washington in the final.

Paul Pulls Out Win in Boys 16s
Tommy Paul won more than national bragging rights with his 6-2; 6-4 victory over Reilly Opelka in the finals of the recent USTA Boys' 16 National Clay Court Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Paul, 16, also gets bragging rights with his three roommates from the USTA Training Center who took all four spots in the semifinals.

Spring Signing Week '13: Aidan Talcott Decides on Denver
Aidan Talcott enjoys making short comedy videos as a hobby, but when it comes to tennis, he's very serious. Talcott, 17, of Sea Cliff, New York, recently decided on the University of Denver as his college destination after weighing offers from several top schools.

Countdown: Bush headed to Wash U in St. Louis
Jeremy Bush called his college destination his "perfect choice." Bush, who turned 18 in February, is headed to Washington University in St. Louis. "It was the perfect choice for me," said Bush, a senior at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. "They have one of the best Division III teams in the country, and I thought that I would possibly be able to help the team win a national championship.

Fall Signing Week '12: Alanna Wolff Heads to Princeton
Alanna Wolff is at home with her college tennis destination - both literally and figuratively. Wolff, who lives in Perth Amboy, New Jersey was born in Princeton; used to practice there when she was little, and won her first tournament there, so it seems fitting that she will attend college at Princeton University.

Countdown: FSU Loads Up In-State Recruits
Jake Albo, Grayson Goldin, Jose Gracia, Jr. and Jack Haffey have long battled it out on the tennis courts as junior tennis players in the state of Florida. Starting next season, they will no longer be rivals as they hit the courts as members of the Florida State University men's tennis team.

Stewart Takes Boys 16s Title at the Beach
Prior to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys' 16s National Clay Court Championships, Mitch Stewart had a fairly small bucket list. He wanted to win a gold ball in a USTA event and he wanted to play tennis in college. Cross one of those off after the third-seeded Stewart dispatched 13th-seeded Baker Newman, 6-1; 6-2 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center on July 22.

Higuchi wins Battle of California in 14s
For years, Emma Higuchi and Angela Kulikov often talked or texted about playing in a final of a tennis tournament. This past weekend, the two best friends found themselves competing for a gold ball at the National Clay Court Girls' 14s Championships at the Veltri Tennis Center at Plantation Central Park.

Fall Signing Week '11: Watson Heads to the Swamp
Gordon Watson enjoys sun, surf and skeet shooting and he will parlay it into a college tennis career at the University of Florida. I loved [Coach Jackson], campus and players, and it felt like home," said Watson, who is ranked 12th nationally, fifth in the southeast and third in Florida. "I really loved the other schools on my list, but I realized that I wanted to continue my training in Florida after my visits."

Countdown: Willenborg Headed to Penn
Athleticism runs in the Willenborg family. Blaine Willenborg is the latest member of the family to make his mark in the tennis world and has committed to attend the University of Pennsylvania next year.

Madison Bourguignon Wins First Gold Ball
Unseeded Madison Bourguignon went deep into the Girls; 14 National Clay Court Championships, taking on the country's top-ranked Girls 14 player, Katerina Stewart in the title match. Waiting out multiple weather delays, Bourguignon took out Stewart with a 6-3, 6-2 victory, erasing two previous losses to Stewart earlier this year.

Spring Signing Week '11: McCourt Heads to the Tigers
When Zack McCourt first tried tennis lessons at age six, he hated it. "I absolutely hated it," McCourt said emphatically. "I gave it another shot when I was nine, and played once or twice a week, but finally fell in love with it when I was 10." Fast forward eight years and McCourt, 18, of Sunrise, Florida, is headed to Princeton University.

Spring Signing Week '11: Dancu Signs with DePaul
Joshua Dancu enjoys playing tennis and the drums - but he acknowledges their differences. "I feel less stress performing drums because a miscalculation will not cost me a match," said the Florida senior. "As I have gotten older and more experienced, they each provide a different type of rush." This fall, Dancu will take both of his talents to the city of Chicago, where he will compete for the DePaul University Blue Demons.

Black Wins Tiebreaker Over Shiskina in 14s Final
Tornado Ali Black lived up to her nickname as she saved match point in the third set and pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 14th-seeded Maria Shishkina to win the USTA Girls' 14s National Clay Court Championships at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center at Plantation Central Park on Sunday. The match - completed just seconds before a downpour - featured dramatic twists and turns.

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