C. Milton Wright backed up its regular-season Harford County League tennis title by winning three of the five titles in the annual county tournament that concluded Friday at Harford Community College.
This helped the Mustangs finish with 54 points to 37 for runner-up Fallston, which had one titlist. Havre de Grace, which had a school-record 13 victories in 16 regular-season matches and handed Wright its only loss of the year, edged Bel Air for third place, 31-30.
Erin Updegrove, a Wright sophomore, scored an upset in girls singles when she defeated Heather Swearingen of Havre de Grace, 6-1, 7-5. Updegrove had lost twice to the Warriors senior, who was a runner-up for the second straight year.
Wright also staged a surprise in girls doubles, where the No. 2 team of Kathy Butler-Erica Altman beat a highly regarded Fallston pair in the semifinals. The Cougars had stopped Wright's No. 1 unit during the season. In the all-Wright final, the No. 1 Mustangs pairing of Susan Renner-Kate Corea, runner-up a year ago, prevailed, 6-1, 6-1.
The other Wright title was claimed by the mixed doubles team of Mike Hielke and Alison Beach. Another surprising Wright team ++ was Keith Erekson-Jenn Dickerson (she was the team manager a year ago) in mixed doubles. They had to win a pro set to qualify Wednesday, coming back from 0-6 to force a tiebreaker. They took two matches in the regular tournament before bowing out in three sets.
Paul Shearer of Fallston defeated Jason Flick of Havre de Grace for the boys singles crown, 6-0, 6-1; and in boys doubles, the winners were Mike Baldwin-Ryan Van Dray of Aberdeen over
Ryan Hoback-Ryan Hannan of Fallston, 7-5, 6-3.
The county baseball season this week concludes what is being called by many the most evenly balanced of the past 10 years.
Bel Air claimed the county title at 8-1, but in recent games, it beat Havre de Grace by a run and rallied to win either in regulation or extra innings against John Carroll, Joppatowne and North Harford.
Thursday, Edgewood gave the Bobcats a dose of their own medicine, winning 9-7 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It is likely Edgewood will be the only county team represented when the regional pairings are made this week.
Edgewood finished 12-4 (7-2) after a 1-3 start. Pitching and timely hitting have been the keys for the Rams, who outscored their opposition by an average of 5-3.
Chris James (5-2, 2.74 ERA) anchored the pitching staff, but Tim Hamulack, who started out hitting well, has pitched well of late and has 16 more strikeouts than innings pitched, and Rob Mister (2-0) has 35 strikeouts in 24 innings.
Among the hitters, Scott Taylor, a sophomore brought up from the JV team, has had two three-hit games, squeezed in a run against John Carroll last week, and is hitting more than .400.
John Carroll needs coaches
John Carroll athletic director Jerry O'Brien has announced that the school has these coaching positions available for the 1994-95 school year: fall -- girls tennis; winter -- swimming and girls varsity basketball. Interested candidates should submit resumes by May 30 to O'Brien at the school, 703 Churchville Road, Bel Air 21014.
Rich Pellegrini (John Carroll) was honored as Towson State's male senior Athlete of the Year after earning first-team all-conference honors in soccer for four successive seasons. He led the team to East Coast Conference titles his first two seasons and was a Big South pick the past two years.
Summer camps slated
The 13th annual Harford Lacrosse Camp will be July 11-15 at the Harford County 4-H Camp near Bel Air. John Grubb and Frank Mezzanotte are the camp directors, and information is available from camp headquarters, 241 Wheeler School Road, Pylesville 21132 or by calling (410) 836-1046.
* The Abingdon-Edgewood Basketball Camp, sponsored by the Edgewood Recreation Council, will be conducted under the direction of Bob Slagle for three weeks in July for the following age groups: ages 7-11 at Abingdon Elementary School, July 11-15; ages 9-14 at Abingdon Elementary School, July 18-22; ages 7-14, Edgewood High School, July 25-29. Information is available from the Department of Parks and Recreation (410) 612-1606.