When the Globe’s All-Scholastic sports section is published Sunday, three Boston Public School students will be smiling in its pages.
Latin Academy senior tennis player Mark-Anthony Kenney, Latin Academy senior volleyball player Jian Yi Huang, and Burke senior sprinter Kevin Facey were all honored for their exploits in the spring season.
Playing No. 1 singles for Latin Academy, Kenney finished the regular season with a 13-4 record before going 4-1 in the individual state tournament. He will play for Whittier College in Los Angeles.
"I‘m really happy, it’s an honor," said Kenney. "It’s the best athletes in the state who not only demonstrate strong performances in their individual sport but also in the classroom. It is something I take seriously, balancing athletics and schoolwork, so it’s nice to be recognized for that.
“I know a lot of kids in the city don’t get recognized for being outstanding student-athletes, and being a kid from my neighborhood, basically representing my neighborhood, my city, and my school team, as well as my friends and family, means a lot to me.”
Kenney’s classmate at Latin Academy, Yi Huang, shared Kenney’s sentiments. The outside and middle hitter said the high point in his tenure with the Dragons was being selected as a captain and being given the chance to lead the team.
"I feel like I did not put in all the hard work for nothing,” he said. “It is great having an award after trying your best. Of course, my teammates did help me on my achievement."
After bursting onto the track scene last winter by finishing seventh in the 55-meter dash at the indoor All-State meet, Facey followed with an encore performance this spring. First he won the 100-meter dash at the city championships and then he won the 100 in the Division 4 state championship meet.
After finishing fourth at the outdoor All-State meet in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.11 seconds, he finished 12th in New Englands with a time of 11.25 seconds.
“It means a lot to me because I worked really hard to get into that position and I put so much work into it,” Facey said. “That’s one of my best feelings, because nobody really knew I was fast or anything and now they know who I am and that I’m running for Boston and they know they have other fast kids coming up in Boston, not only me.
“It’s really good so they can know that about Boston.”
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