Senior Heather Swearingen and sophomores Erin Updegrove and Paul Shearer head The Baltimore Sun's All-Harford County tennis team.
Shearer, from Fallston, was the top boy, going unbeaten in the county and finishing third in the region with a 14-1 record.
The No. 1 girls honor was shared by Swearingen (15-3) of Havre de Grace and Updegrove (15-3) of C. Milton Wright. They beat everybody else in the county and beat each other.
Completing the team are Susan Renner and Kate Corea of C. Milton Wright, girls doubles; Ryan Vandrey and Mike Baldwin of Aberdeen, boys doubles; and Alison Beach and Mike Hielke of C. Milton Wright, mixed doubles.
Kathy Graybeal of Havre de Grace was named Coach of the Year.
Swearingen beat Updegrove twice during the regular season, then lost to her in the county final, 6-1, 7-5. The other choices all won county championships.
The three doubles teams and Updegrove qualified for the state championships out of the regional tournament, but only Beach, a junior, and Hielke, a senior, made it past the first round. The Mustangs won two matches, including a second-round marathon, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), then lost successive three-setters in the semifinals and consolation.
Graybeal's work in her two seasons has produced the finest teams in school history. In the past, there were good individuals, but the teams were rarely better than average.
From 5-11 two years ago, the record improved to 11-6 last year, and to 14-3 this season. A year ago, the Warriors lost two matches each to Bel Air, Fallston, and Wright, and this year, split with each of them. The 6-5 victory over previously undefeated Wright came in the next-to-last match and was a tennis first for the school. Havre de Grace wrapped up its dual-match season with an 8-3 conquest of Bel Air.
Although Graybeal said her players were the chief reason for success, Swearingen cited the coach, a licensed teaching professional. "With her background, she was able to improve
everybody's play," the senior said.