One of the things that impressed Poly senior Asen Kostadinov when he came to the United States was the number of tennis courts.
"In Bulgaria, people really like tennis, but there aren't a lot of courts," said Kostadinov, who came here two years ago. "Here [at Poly] we have a high school that has five courts. No high school in Europe has that."
No. 1 singles player Kostadinov used the accessible courts to his advantage and played his way to his first District IX singles title and a trip to the state tournament.
He and Gilman's No. 1 player Alex Fine, share the Baltimore Sun's Baltimore City Boys Tennis Player of the Year honors for this season.
Patterson's top female singles player Maggie Owsianny earned Baltimore City Girls Player of the Year honors as she repeated as City-Wide singles champion and won the District IX tournament to advance to the states.
Fine, a sophomore, challenged his way up from the No. 3 singles spot and finished the season at No. 1, where he posted a 7-3 record overall in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
"I felt I had to be more aggressive and I probably had to think a little bit more at No. 1," Fine said.
Kostadinov went 14-1 on the season, with his only loss coming in the first round of the state tournament.
"Asen has tremendous skills, very good touch on the ball and has an excellent drop shot," said Poly coach Marc Block, the Baltimore City Tennis Coach of the Year.
Block had three state tournament entries from Poly, the most from any of the city's public schools. Kostadinov and No. 2 singles player Pablo Navarro combined for an all-Poly District IX singles final and advanced to the states.
The mixed doubles team of Joseph Edmonds and Jamie Morgan won the district title for Poly to earn the school's third berth in RTC the states.
Owsianny was Patterson's sole entry in the state draw. She went undefeated in the regular season and finished 16-1 with her only loss coming in the first round of states.
Owsianny, who is one of Patterson's top basketball players, never had picked up a racket until last season. She said she took up the game to keep in shape during the spring.
"She's a real quick learner. She's very determined and very coachable," Patterson coach Jon Jacobson said. "She wasn't going to let anybody beat her this year."